Sherwin-Williams awarded Military Coatings Project Award of Excellence for exceptional coatings work on U.S. Navy's USS Ronald Reagan at SSPC 2014

U.S. Military recognizes exceptional coatings work with award

CLEVELAND (May 15, 2014) - Sherwin-Williams was awarded the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) Military Coatings Project Award of Excellence for its work on the U.S. Navy’s USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) along with International Marine and Industrial Applicators, LLC (IMIA). The award recognizes exceptional coatings work performed on U.S. military ships, structures or facilities.

“This award is truly an honor for our company in partnership with the U.S. Navy and IMIA,” said Mark Schultz, Marine Project Development Manager, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings. “It was an exceptional team effort to coordinate and execute this large project with such a limited time frame.”

In the only seven months during the USS Ronald Reagan’s dry-docking at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (Bremerton, Wash.) in 2012-2013, more than 17 acres of steel would need to be preserved on the ship’s freeboard, underwater hull, sea chests, cat walks, various tanks, voids and vent plenums. This project was the largest preservation project to have ever been completed at the shipyard.

IMIA prepared the steel surfaces using nearly 50 blast nozzles and eight 22-ton steel abrasive recycling units simultaneously. Once the ship’s surfaces had been prepared, a number of Sherwin-Williams coatings products were used to protect the asset long-term including SeaGuard 5000 HS, Polysiloxane XLE-80 HAPS-Free Haze Gray LSA, SeaGuard Ablative Antifouling Coating and FastClad ER.

“Our high-performance technologies are ideal for this project to provide long lasting service and value to the Navy,” said Schultz. “For example, our Polysiloxane XLE-80 offers enduring color and gloss retention in harsh marine environments. Our one-coat, rapid cure, epoxy system, FastClad ER, combats premature corrosion on the vulnerable edges, corners and weld seams of seawater ballast tanks and fuel tanks. Because we can install these coatings quickly and they cure rapidly, we can reduce docking costs by returning the ship to service on schedule.”

Sherwin-Williams is a principal supplier of marine and MIL-SPEC coatings to the U.S. Navy. The honor was recently awarded at SSPC 2014 in Orlando, Fla.

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 4,000 locations worldwide. From alkyds to zincs, 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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