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APC Develops Organisation and Cuts Product Costs


Advanced Polymer Coatings (APC) has ramped up its European sales business by appointing Jan Slooter to the position of director, business development, Europe.

APC manufactures and supplies MarineLine® coatings for oil, chemical and product carrier cargo tanks.
Slooter has had experience in operating chemical tankers coated with MarineLine® when he was general manager of the Dutch-based Clearwater Group.

During his time with the company he oversaw its expansion from just one vessel to eight by 2008. Many of the vessels were coated with MarineLine® as the company's vessels carry a wide variety of chemical cargoes.

Prior to joining the Clearwater Group, Slooter worked with the Breko Shipyard in the Netherlands from 1992-1995. Previous positions also included being employed by the Cummins Engine Co where he became service manager. He started his working career in engine research with DAF Trucks in Eindhoven. During this period, he became a qualified mechanical engineer.

MarineLine® competes with stainless steel tanks and is claimed to outperform this type of tank construction. It has exceptional resistance to thousands of chemical cargoes, has the ability to maintain high purity cargoes and ensures easy tank cleaning operations, APC said. At the recent SMM exhibition, the company said that its MarineLine® 784 cargo tank system was becoming an important factor in new transport markets.

"There is a growing market need for product tankers to carry the expanding group of cargoes such as clean petroleum products (CPP), bio-fuels, vegetable oils, and methanol," said Donald Keehan, APC chairman. "In addition, new regulations for coating tankers, carrying oil and dirty petroleum products (DPPs) has also increased interest in MarineLine® for these uses."

By September, MarineLine® 784 had been used on more than 300 chemical tankers worldwide handling a wide range of aggressive chemical cargoes. The coatings system uses forced hot air heat to cure its coating. This creates a nearly-impermeable coating barrier, thus ensuring product purity from port to port. An added bonus, according to APC was that the vessel is able to carry any cargo immediately after leaving the shipyard.

A key benefit of MarineLine® and its extremely smooth and hard surface is that the tank cleaning process goes faster. Because the coating is virtually absorbent-free with low surface energy, less cleaning chemicals are needed, thus less slops are created. There are also fewer limitations than conventional coatings and stainless steel tanks.

This gives the shipowner the opportunity to carry a wide range of profitable cargoes without worrying about the previous cargo residue contaminating the next cargo.

Keehan claimed that since its inception, MarineLine® has never had an insurance claim made regarding purity, a testimony to the ease of tank cleaning and non-absorbtion of the cargoes carried.

MarineLine® 784 offers much better performance and versatility than conventional phenolic epoxy or zinc silicate linings, and is now cost comparable to conventional coatings.

"The reason we have been able to lower our costs to customers is that within the past year, APC has revised and streamlined its polymer manufacturing operation," said Keehan.

"Previously we employed outside chemical companies to toll-manufacture certain elements of the polymer that serve as a mainstay in the manufacturing of the MarineLine coating. Now these various tasks are done in-house, thus reducing our cost exposure. This will now enable more shipowners and shipyards to specify MarineLine® as the product of choice. We have taken a very competitive pricing stance versus other coatings, while providing a superior product," he concluded.

MarineLine® 784 has been traditionally offered in grey topcoat colour. However, since September 2010, the company now offers an optional ivory colour topcoat in a gloss finish.