Advanced Polymer Coatings News


AVON, OHIO, February 8, 2007 – The MarineLine® coating system, from Advanced Polymer Coatings (APC) to line and protect tanks in marine chemical tankers and related offshore uses, has received the “Certification of Design Assessment” from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).

The ABS is a leading ship classification society. The primary purpose of ABS is to determine the structural and mechanical fitness of ships and other marine structures for their intended purpose. "The Certification of Design Assessment” is representation by the ABS as to the structural and mechanical fitness for a particular use or service in accordance with the organization’s rules and standards. Documentation was provided to and reviewed by the ABS on product specifications, performance data, standard of compliance, engineering analyses, and other data.

In the case of MarineLine®, the service is a tank coating for maritime chemical tankers, and for chemical storage tanks, tank (ISO) containers, and railcars, to provide protection against corrosive chemicals, and also to ensure the product purity of the cargo being carried.

MarineLine® has been serving the marine industry for more than a decade, with more than 100 chemical tankers, each with numerous tanks and slops, being coated with MarineLine®, and carrying a wide range of hazardous chemical cargoes worldwide.

According to Mr. Donald Keehan, Chairman of Advanced Polymer Coatings, the significance of the ABS Certification is far-reaching. “This recognition by ABS confirms the high performance standard that MarineLine® provides for ship owners and their customers. We have conducted more than 5,000 chemical and physical tests to ensure that MarineLine can resist 98% of all corrosive acids, alkalis, solvents and other chemical and liquids. It has proven to far outperform stainless steel tanks, and other linings such as Phenol Epoxy and Zinc, not only in chemical resistance, but in faster, easier cleaning, eliminating contamination from previous cargoes, and faster turnaround.”