Sherwin-Williams Leads Brazil Workshop on Compliance with Coating Standards

Manufacturer of Euronavy ES301 Helping Emerging Industry Grow Market Share

CLEVELAND (May 12, 2010) – The global marine industry’s innovative response to compliance with IMO Performance Standard for Protective Coatings (PSPC) was the subject of discussion at a workshop sponsored by Sherwin-Williams March 23 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Nearly 100 people attended.  

The company, a global manufacturer of Euronavy ES301 solvent-free anticorrosive epoxy, invited ship owners, shipyards, regulators, trade associations, testing labs and applicators to the discussion forum and presentations, entitled “IMO PSPC – Actual & Future Challenges.”  The standard concerns new construction requirements for dedicated seawater ballast tanks in all types of ships and double-side skin spaces of bulk carriers. 

Euronavy ES301 is a premier coating technology designed for application on damp surfaces in humid conditions with minimal surface preparation.  Abrasive blasting, generally thought to be necessary in these conditions, can be avoided – and equivalent results achieved – using ultra-high pressure (UHP) water jetting, or hydroblasting.  Euronavy ES301 allows for the use of UHP water jetting as a secondary surface preparation method at the block stage in shipbuilding, resulting in huge time and cost savings. The unique features of Euronavy ES301 put Sherwin-Williams in a position to lead the debate about IMO PSPC compliance utilizing innovative coating technology.  

During the event, the most recent IMO PSPC Type Approvals granted were revealed, including the first-ever approval of an alternative coating system comprised of a zinc-free organic shop primer – the ES301 system applied over PE31 pre-construction primer. 

“Responding to IMO PSPC using traditional coating materials and typical methods of surface preparation will result in higher costs and lengthy building schedules,” said Brad Rossetto, Vice President, Marketing, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings. “For an emergent ship builder nation such as Brazil, knowledge of innovations in the coatings industry is crucial to growing global market share.” 

In addition to Sherwin-Williams Brasil, organizations that provided speakers and led presentations on a broad spectrum of topics concerning preserving the shipping industry’s competitiveness included:

  • ABS, which develops and verifies standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine-related facilities
  • Estaleiro Atlântico Sul, the largest shipyard in the Southern Hemisphere, launching its first vessel May 3
  • Exova, the first laboratory to be PSPC certified
  • Petrobras, Brazil’s largest oil company, which pioneered the concept of combining hydroblasting and solvent-free humidity- and surface-tolerant coatings such as Euronavy ES301 throughout its operations
  • Safinah, a coatings consultant in marine and offshore markets 
  • Transpetro, Latin America’s largest ship owner, which considers the ES301-hydroblasting concept the new standard for coating in the shipping industry

Sherwin-Williams is a global protective and marine coatings company that delivers smarter asset protection and unmatched service and specification support to its customers from more than 4,500 locations worldwide. The company offers a complete line of time-tested, high performance coatings and systems to combat corrosion, supported by the largest group of NACE-certified coatings inspectors in the industry. With more than 140 years in business and a culture of product innovation, Sherwin-Williams today is the single source of supply for coatings solutions made to your specifications and delivered on time, every time.

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