Nippon Paint Marine has incorporated self-indicating technology into its NOA60HS tank coating, and this has now been certified by the Norwegian Technology Standards Institution as meeting the requirements of the NORSOK M-501 standard.

Makoto Nakagawa, marketing manager at Nippon Paint Marine, said: “The addition of NOA60HS to the NORSOK M-501 approved product range marks a significant development for offshore vessels and installations, such as FSOs, FSRUs and FPSOs.”

The technology, which was introduced to the company’s NOA range of coatings in 1998, allows applicators, surveyors and inspectors to easily see whether coating has been correctly applied.

While various NOA products are available for different ship parts and the anticorrosive needs of that area, NOA60HS is designed specifically for use in ballast water tanks, oil and petrochemical tanks, and void spaces.

Nakahawa added: “As these assets are designed with much longer service intervals than conventional vessels, an effective and reliable long-life anti-corrosive tank coating is crucial to their safe operation. NOA60HS eliminates the risk of coatings applied with low film thickness, a contributory factor in corrosion influenced structural failure.

“By improving a tank’s corrosion resistance through more accurate coating application, offshore vessels are less prone to needing emergency repairs and steel renewal work, remaining on station for longer.”

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2nd December 2020