Ballast Tank Refurbishment

Client: Crude Oil Tankers

Industry: Marine

Scope: Ballast Tank Refurbishment

Date: December 2015 – March 2016

Location: At Sea

Products: RS 500P and RA 500M


Two crude oil tankers required to have their ballast tanks refurbished. The vessel owner’s were looking for a solution which could be utilised whilst the vessel was at sea by a riding squad; thus saving substantial time and cost by eliminating the requirement of dry-docking.


There could be no disruption to vessel operations; therefore grit blasting and the use of solvent-based paints were prohibited. The only solution available would be to utilise water jetting and Chemco’s wet & rust tolerant coating system.


Water jetting was utilised as the surface preparation method. One stripe coat and primer coat of solventfree, wet & rust tolerant epoxy Epo-chem™ RS 500P was then applied. This was followed by one topcoat of solvent-free, wet tolerant, glassflake epoxy Epo-chem™ RA 500M.


This project could only be completed by utilising the innovative combination of water jetting and Chemco’s solvent-free, wet & rust tolerant coating range. Substantial time and cost savings were achieved by utilising this solution, uniquely offered by Chemco.


• Solvent-free
• No dry-docking requirements
• No grit blasting requirements
• No dehumidification or ventilation requirements
• Significantly reduced H&S and Fire Hazard
• No disruption to normal operating service of the vessel

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