The inside of a bulk carrier with a cargo of coal five months after application Photo: Nippon Paint Marine
A new coating developed to deliver greater protection to bulk carrier cargo holds has gained considerable market acceptance with almost 40 applications since its official introduction in August last year.
Nippon Paint Marine’s new Neoguard Toughness has already been applied to the holds of 37 bulk carriers operated by various owners.
“We developed Neoguard Toughness following demand from shipowners for a more impact-resistant epoxy coating system for holds and hatch coamings, but we didn’t expect to have quite as many applications so soon after market launch,” said Nippon Paint marine marketing general manager, Makoto Nakagawa.
“Neoguard Toughness is undoubtedly one of the hardest, toughest coatings we have produced for the commercial marine market.”
The thickness of the highly solid epoxy coating is particularly suited to protecting steel structures from abrasion and impact damage from iron ore, coal and other bulk cargoes, while providing long-term protection against corrosion. The product satisfies the requirement of the US FDA for compatibility with grain and feed.
Resistant to cracking from impacts of up to four joules, the hardened paint is applied to achieve a dry film thickness of 250µm. No special equipment or machinery is required for application; the coating is applied using a conventional air spray, with a full cure dry taking five days at 30°C.