A total area of over 10,000m² was coated, ballast tanks were ready in 24 hours and cargo tanks in 72 hours to be put back into service. The total project cost was estimated to be 30% lower than the normal conventional system of grit blasting and painting. Additionally, the vessel was back in service and earning revenue much quicker than it would have been if solvent-based paint had been used due to the reduction in preparation, equipment, staging and de-staging and fast cure of the Chemco system.
During re-fit operations in 2007, the Superintendent in-charge and Lloyds Register’s representative inspected the fore-peak and aft-peak tanks which had been coated with Epo-chem™ RA 500M in 2005 and stated that these tanks were in excellent condition. Further inspection in 2010 showed no deterioration. No maintenance required from 2005 until 2012 in all areas coated with Epo-chem™ RA 500M.