NACE International has developed a new coatings documentation standard designed to ease compliance with International Maritime Organization protective coatings requirements.
The purpose of SP0111-2011: “Coating Technical File in Accordance with the IMO Performance Standard for Protective Coatings” is to help people in the maritime industry comply with the IMO’s Performance Standard for Protective Coatings (PSPC).
The coating technical file (CTF) refers to documentation of the selection, specification, installation, and inspection of coatings applied to a ship’s seawater ballast tanks and double-skin spaces, along with documentation of in-service maintenance and repair of coating systems. The CTF stays with a ship during its lifetime.
The standard is intended to provide an efficient and accurate methodology for collecting, managing and presenting the data required by the PSPC. NACE says the standard should also facilitate the ongoing corrosion management of these tanks and spaces, to help the installed coating systems reach their intended 15-year service life.
Optional formats and structures for the CTF are described, along with data required to comply with the PSPC.
The standard was developed by NACE Task Group 402, led by Terry Greenfield, of CorroMetrics Services Inc., Mobile, AL.