Ballast Tank Refurbishment

Client: Major Shipping Company

Industry: Marine

Scope: Ballast Tank Refurbishment

Date: July 2017

Location: China

Products: RS 500P


The original coating located in the water ballast tanks on-board the crude oil tanker was showing considerable wear & tear damage in the form of corrosion. The tanks therefore had to be refurbished.


Grit blasting was not permissible.

Patch repair work was required to be carried out in many areas where accessibility was difficult, and without damaging the intact coating.


The tanks were water-jetted to WJ-3 standard before one stripe coat and one full coat of solvent-free, wet & rust tolerant epoxy RS 500P was applied.

Vitally, due to the unexpected scale of the project, certain additional areas of the ballast tanks had to be coated in a conventional, solvent-based paint from a different coating manufacturer. This paint was applied using the same surface preparation, shipyard crew and at the same time as Chemco’s RS 500P.


Despite challenges with insufficient manpower and extreme weather conditions, the project was successfully completed within 3 weeks.

After 1 year in-service (August 2018), the ship management company carried out tank inspections and found a clear difference in quality between the tanks coated by Chemco, and those coated by the separate manufacturer.

The conventional paint system was failing after only 1 year, whereas Chemco’s RS 500P remained in very good condition.


RS 500P

  • Surface Preparation: WJ-3
  • Can be applied immediately after surface preparation (no need to dry substrate)
  • 100% (Solvent-free)
  • No humidity or dew point restrictions
  • No extensive dehumidification or ventilation requirements
  • No over-coating interval limitations
  • Environmentally and applicator friendly process
  • No operational shutdown required. Nearby work (including hot work) can continue without disruption
  • Ballast after 4-8 hours (can ‘continue to cure’ underwater)

Conventional Paint

  • Surface Preparation: WJ-3
  • Surface must be completely dry to apply
  • 80% Solid
  • If humidity is above 85%, do not apply
  • Dehumidification and ventilation required at extensive size & cost
  • Over-coating intervals: 3 months
  • Solvent-based; considerably increases environmental and applicator risk
  • All surrounding trades (especially hot work) cannot continue
  • Must be allowed to full cure (up to 14 days)
mildly stained internal grey tank walls

Chemco after 1 Year

severely corroded internal grey tank walls

Conventional Paint After 1 Year

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