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AkzoNobel's advanced cargo tank coating selected by leading shipowner

Leading shipowner Navig8 has selected an advanced cargo tank coating from AkzoNobel’s International® marine coatings range to be applied to 18 chemical tankers currently under construction at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea.

Offering enhanced cargo resistance, near zero absorption for many cargoes and fewer cycling restrictions, Interline 9001® is an advanced bimodal epoxy coating for the cargo tanks of chemical tankers. One of its key benefits is that it simplifies the carriage of a wide range of liquid cargoes, optimizing vessel earning potential.

Navig8 selected the product to help deliver significant operational benefits for the 37,000 dwt vessels, providing the improved vessel capacity and maximum operational flexibility required to meet increased market demand for large volume contracts of affreightment.

"We are delighted to be working so closely with Navig8 on this significant project," said Andy Hopkinson, Business Development Manager for AkzoNobel's Marine Coatings business. "It sends a strong signal about the market need to adopt new technology and react to the ever-tightening cleaning requirements and need for maximum earnings with minimum cost."

He added that contract activity around Interline 9001 has risen significantly and that Navig8's commitment and confidence in the product will lead the way for many owners to reach the same conclusion.

Commenting on the agreement with Navig8, Oscar Wezenbeek, Managing Director of AkzoNobel's Marine Coatings business, said: "This announcement is a fantastic validation of our position as the leader in marine coatings technology and innovation. Interline 9001 is just the latest in a series of groundbreaking developments that are bringing significant economic and sustainability benefits for our marine customers."

In addition to the work being carried out at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, Navig8 has also selected Interline 9001 for a further four 49,000 dwt vessels under construction at STX shipyard, also in South Korea.

 

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