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A ‘Dazzling’ Commemoration

Dazzle camouflage may have been a functional painting method used on World War I ships to confuse the enemy’s visual perception, but right now it’s part of an eye-catching art project markin...


Marine Epoxy for North America Unveiled

Global coatings manufacturer Hempel has introduced a new marine coating that the company says provides protection while limiting VOC content.


Feds Dive into Offshore Bolt Failures

Corporate officials and federal regulators are scrutinizing the integrity of massive bolts connecting subsea structures in the oil and gas industry.


Bigger Canal Launches for Bigger Ships

Nearly 10 years after construction began, the expanded Panama Canal officially opened to much fanfare Sunday (June 26).


Rolls-Royce Robotic Ship Plans on Track

A self-driving Rolls-Royce may be a reality in the very near future, but we’re not talking about a luxury car. The British company’s marine division is part of a consortium working on autono...


Navy, Guam Contractor Face EPA Fines

In a settlement with the U.S. government, the U.S. Navy and a Guam-based former Navy contractor will pay fines and take corrective action to address alleged hazardous waste violations at a f...


President Signs Off on Pipeline Safety

Bipartisan legislation intended to reform the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) was signed into law by U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday (June 22).


Abrasion Resistance from Marine System

A new coating system from PPG’s protective and marine business is said to be ideal for the cargo holds of dry bulk carriers.


‘Big 3’ Shipyards Get State Aid

Following several consecutive quarters of extreme financial losses, the Korean government is stepping in to assist the world’s three largest shipbuilders.


Boatmaker Facing $66K in Safety Fines

A Mississippi boat manufacturer faces more than $66,000 in fines after federal inspectors allegedly found numerous safety violations at its factory, including some in and around the spray bo...


Exhibit Raises Corrosion Awareness

Visitors to one Pittsburgh museum expect to learn about science, sports and technology while on site, but they are about to get an education on one more important topic: corrosion.


Thermal Spray Coatings in Marine Sites

The role of arc-sprayed coatings in marine settings is the focus of the next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC.


Deepwater Disaster Spurs Offshore Rules

Federal officials have announced the release of new well control regulations intended to reduce the risk of death, serious injury or substantial harm to the environment as the result of an o...


US Ports to Create 1.6 Million Jobs

Over the next five years, U.S. seaports and their private-sector partners plan to spend $154.8 billion on port-related infrastructure, according to the latest investment survey by the Americ...


AGA Honors Excellence in Galvanizing

From the artistic to the practical, a wide variety of projects have been recognized for their creative and innovative uses of the hot-dip galvanized coating.


Insulative Coating Made for Marine Use

Carboline has launched a new insulative coating developed for marine use. The water-based epoxy insulative coating, Carbotherm 551, was designed to present an alternative to acrylic-based in...


Oil Presence May Speed Corrosion

The presence of oil in water is believed to increase the rate of corrosion on ships with steel hulls, according to a research project led by representatives from George Mason University and ...


Offshore Fabricator Pays $20M for Shipyard

Known as a manufacturer of specialized structures and vessels used in the oil, gas and marine industries


Will LNG Exports Boost Shipbuilding?

Shipyards in the United States could see a major boost in newbuilding orders if a congressional mandate goes forward requiring all liquid natural gas (LNG) exports to be transported on U.S.-...


Coatings Courses for Military, DoD Use

From corrosion prevention to chemical agent resistance, coatings professionals will have the opportunity to delve into a range of topics specific to military and Department of Defense applic...


Tank Linings to Resist Chemicals

PPG Protective and Marine Coatings has introduced Phenguard Pro, a tank coating system that the company says offers wide chemical resistance for shipyards and ship owners.


Long-Awaited Transportation Bill Passes

Transportation funding advocates, federal agencies and even elected officials might agree that the final passage of a long-term highway bill is a Christmas miracle.


Officials Shelve ‘Bridge to Nowhere’

Alaska’s infamous “Bridge to Nowhere” actually is not going to go anywhere.


Light Bar Made for Hazardous Areas

Nemalux LED Lighting has introduced an industrial light bar series that the company says can be used in hazardous or wet locations.


Cashew-Based Coating Made for Industry

Cardolite Corporation has introduced an epoxy curing agent that it says will give customers a cost-effective upgrade from common medium and high viscosity, solvent-free polyamides.


Third Lawsuit Filed in Ship’s Sinking

A federal lawsuit has been filed by the family of one of the crewmembers of the El Faro, which sank earlier this month during a hurricane.


MSA Debuts Manhole Guard System

MSA has introduced a manhole guard system in separate components that the company says allows entry into confined spaces while decreasing potential trip-and-fall hazards.


Navy Science Team Advances Coatings

Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have been recognized for money-saving and performance advancements they made to nonskid and topside coatings used on the naval fleet.


Two Sentenced in Brazilian Oil Scheme

The former treasurer of Brazil’s ruling party and a former official for the state-run oil company Petrobras have been sentenced for their roles in what authorities have said is the largest c...


Corrosion-Resistant Light Debuts

Larson Electronics is offering a hazardous location LED light fixture that is designed to be resistant to corrosion in marine environments.


SSPC 2016 Registration Now Open

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced that registration is now open for its annual conference and tradeshow, SSPC 2016, which runs early in 2016.


In Memoriam: Dr. Richard W. Drisko

Longtime SSPC writer, editor, consultant and educator Dr. Richard W. Drisko (“Dr. Dick”) passed away late last month (Aug. 28).


Shore Hardening Study: An Opportunity?

Researchers who have been studying shoreline degradation in the U.S. said they hope engineers, contractors and ecologists can work together to create more natural seashore solutions as coast...


Navy Sub Project Awarded

Newport News Shipbuilding will be undertaking maintenance and modernization efforts on the Navy’s USS Columbus submarine.


Universities Benefit From PPG Funding

Two universities are getting a boost for research development thanks to investments from coatings giant PPG.


Navy Hopes Coating Will Extend Sub Life

The U.S. Navy is trying out a new painting method to keep marine foul off of attack submarines in an effort to extend the vessels’ service expectancy.


Offshore Plan Soaks Big 3 Shipbuilders

A venture into offshore projects led to a bad turn for the world’s three largest shipbuilders—Hyundai Heavy Industries, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. and Samsung Heavy Industr...


Biocide Deters Barnacles from Ships

A Swedish company has introduced a pharmacological product to help combat barnacle settlement on a ship’s hull.


Companies at Odds over Bridge Death

Less than a day after a man died while performing abrasive blasting work on a Mississippi River bridge, one of the companies involved asked a federal judge to rule it is not liable.


Descaler Helps Prep Ship Decks

NORWALK, CT--A descaler that allows workers to rapidly remove corrosion and coatings from ship decks and other metal substrates is now available from CS Unitec.


SSPC Unveils Member App 2.0

PITTSBURGH--Tools to identify coating defects and select coatings, calculators and other new features are now available in SSPC's newly upgraded mobile app.


New Antifouling Line Touts Fuel Savings

PITTSBURGH--PPG has launched a new line of antifouling coatings designed for a wide range of operating conditions.


Need a New Home? Contain Yourself

DETROIT--Remember when a shipping container was just a shipping container? Those hulking steel boxes (technically, intermodal freight containers) have come a long way from their beginnings a...


Subs Faulted in Maintenance Deaths

HONOLULU--"Common-sense steps" could have prevented the deaths of two maintenance workers who were struck by a seven-ton buoy at Pearl Harbor in December, federal investigators say.


MIT Serves Up Surfaces on Demand

CAMBRIDGE, MA--Given a squeeze, ship hulls could self-clean, camouflage could transform itself, and surface friction could adjust with a new printable material now in development.


A New Makeover for 'Old Ironsides'

BOSTON—A few months shy of her 218th birthday, the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat has left the water for a multiyear restoration.


Asbestos Relocates 1,000 at Shipyard

NEWPORT NEWS, VA—The discovery of asbestos in the ventilation system of an engineering and design building has prompted Newport News Shipbuilding to move out about 1,000 workers, a company s...


Waging a 'Blind, Underwater Battle'

BALTIMORE—Scores of highly trained divers wielding specialized marine equipment are preparing to embark on a near-blind mission to save the rotting infrastructure below the massive Port of B...


Stopping Corrosion, Slowing Bullets

New polyurea coatings being tested by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory can create a rubber surface that not only stops corrosion but improves the ballistic protection of armored amphibious...


OSHA Eyes Update to PPE Rules

Construction workers, shipyard workers and others on hazardous jobsites will be better protected from eye and face injuries under new revisions to personal protective equipment requirements,...


Range of Epoxies Suits Marine Apps

Hempel has launched a new high-performance range of pure epoxy coatings for marine newbuild.


Composite Made for Oily, Wet Repairs

Belzona has introduced a paste-grade epoxy composite engineered for in situ repairs of wet, oil-contaminated and underwater surfaces.


WorkBoat Set for New Maintenance Show

A new conference and expo targeting marine maintenance and repair is docking in New Orleans next month.


Yard's 3rd OSHA Strike Nets $243k Fine

Cited over and over for similar hazards, including one that cost a worker his arm, a Michigan shipbuilder must now answer to 18 new federal citations and $242,940 in penalties.


SSPC Honors the Best of 2014

LAS VEGAS—Complex containment, strict schedules and rigorous regulations earned eight painting projects top honors as SSPC 2015 opened Tuesday (Feb. 3) in Las Vegas, NV.


Shipyard Fined for Waste, Collapse

A Mississippi shipyard will pay $144,545 to resolve a host of state environmental violations related to abrasive blasting and painting at its Pascagoula facility.


Contractor Fined for River Sewage

A marine construction contractor and an Oregon county have both agreed to pay fines to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act that occurred during sewage treatment plant work, the U.S. En...


From Thinner Coating, a Stealthier Sub

The images of sound-absorbing rubber tiles peeling off a fairly new $2 billion U.S. nuclear sub made the technology's shortcomings painfully apparent.


Material Offers Non-Skid Alternative

A new aluminum ceramic non-skid peel-and-stick material can replace traditional epoxy non-skid coatings in indoor and outdoor applications, according to manufacturer Silva Non Skid Solutions...


Hempel Expands Antifouling Lines

Hempel has added two antifouling products to its Globic and Dynamic product ranges for dry-dockings and new buildings.


Prison Terms Set in Marine Coating Case

The brother-owners of a Florida-based marine coatings company will serve time in prison for producing and selling a TBT-containing antifouling for years after the toxic product was banned.


Marine Coatings Set Sail for Growth

Propelled by the winds of oil and gas expansion and new products, the global marine coatings market will be worth a shipshape $10.4 billion by 2019, according to a new forecast.


Spray Fights Multimetal Corrosion

Cortec Corp. has rolled out an environmentally friendly, temporary coating designed to protect metals in indoor, outdoor and salt-spray environments.


Coastal Wall Work Uncovers Shipwreck

Work on a $23.8 million steel barrier project in coastal New Jersey is at a standstill while experts try to identify the remains of a shipwreck discovered 20 feet below the sand.


Shipyard Fined $1M in Coast Guard Scam

A Florida shipyard and its president will pay a $1 million fine for a scam designed to siphon off federal contracts meant for small businesses run by disabled veterans.


Lighting Tackles Marine Environments

Larson Electronics has expanded its range of industrial-grade lighting equipment with a new fluorescent fixture designed for wet areas and salt-water marine environments.


Shipyard Fined for Paint-Laden Runoff

A New England shipyard will pay a $20,000 fine and spend $30,000 to raise awareness of clean water laws after allegedly discharging stormwater contaminated with toxic paint chips into a cove...


Fouling Control System Touts Long Life

AkzoNobel's International brand has introduced a foul-release system for the North American power, water and wastewater segments.


Painters Serve a Storied Battleship

A 72-year-old World War II veteran is enjoying a much-needed facelift, thanks to a group of painters from New Jersey and a coating supplier.


Subsea Robot Aims to Thwart Smugglers

A small, submersible robot under development could provide a new line of defense against smugglers trying to sneak contraband in ship hulls.


Navy Shipyard Probe Curbs Work of 300

The U.S. Navy has restricted the duties of 300 civilian nuclear workers at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard amid allegations that they received credit for training they did not attend.


$2.5M Awarded for Shipbuilding Research

Coatings, surface preparation and corrosion control projects will share in more than $2.5 million in funding newly awarded by the National Shipbuilding Research Program.


Hawaii DOT Fined $1.2M for Runoff

Six years of state and federal complaints about pollutants washing into Hawaii's largest harbor have ended in a $1.2 million fine for Hawaii’s Department of Transportation.


‘Undersea Museums’ Reveal Ghost Ships

Coastal waters outside San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge are home to an estimated 300 shipwrecks, but only a handful had been documented—until now.


Bids Sought for Vessel Repairs

The Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District is seeking contractors to repair the M.V. Del Norte Ferry in San Francisco, CA.


Investigation Nets $1.6M in Back Pay

A staffing agency for oil field and maritime facilities in the Gulf Coast will pay 1,543 current and former temporary employees more than $1.6 million to make good on back wages, the U.S. De...


A Dazzling Homage to Camouflage

Hiding in plain sight has always been a crafty ruse, but if you want to completely confuse the enemy, you need to razzle-dazzle him.


Shipyard Hazards Draw $305K Fine

A Texas shipbuilder is facing its second federal safety case in nine months after inspectors recently found a range of hazards uncorrected from last fall.


ROV Boasts Quick Hull Cleaning

GAC EnvironHull has launched a high-speed, remote-controlled underwater hull cleaning vehicle designed to minimize surface damage.


Maintenance Mishap Guts $24M Yacht

Officials are still searching for the cause of a spectacular blaze that destroyed a $24 million yacht in a California shipyard last week.


Ship Hull Foil Prevents Fouling

Dutch maritime technology company Micanti has introduced an alternative to paint for ship hull antifouling.


Funding Boosts Canada’s Corrosion R&D

A nearly $600,000 investment in corrosion research will benefit the oil, gas, marine and other industries subjected to Canada's harsh Arctic environment.


UK Boosts Sustainable Marine Coatings

Fostering research to develop sustainable antifoulants, the UK has awarded £500,000 ($837,400 USD) to a consortium of businesses and universities.


Antifouling Touts Slick Slime Trick

PPG Industries has launched Sigmaglide 1290, a 100 percent silicone-binder system that uses surface regeneration technology to maintain a slime-resistant substrate.


New Software Assesses Hull Coatings

AkzoNobel has introduced a digital tool that enables operators in the shipping industry to assess and predict the risk of hull fouling depending on which routes are being traded.


2 Countries Struggle to Sink Ship

A 50-year-old former Canadian naval ship may have found herself a new home—at the bottom of the ocean off Southern California.


New Coating Nixes Chromate

A new coating for aluminum alloys eliminates toxic hexavalent chromium while retaining its anti-corrosion properties, developers say.


Diver Death Prompts $300K Fine

Nearly $300,000 in proposed penalties have been levied against a marine construction company in Florida after an untrained worker was killed while diving to do underwater construction work, ...


EU Opens Multinational Biofouling Push

Eco-friendly marine coatings that leave slime behind are the focus of a new multimillion-dollar European Commission initiative spearheaded by AkzoNobel and the Dutch Polymer Institute.


TQC Tool Analyzes Ship Hull Roughness

Ship performance may be easier to gauge with a new product from Thermimport Quality Control (TQC) that measures ship hull roughness and automatically calculates and saves the data.


SSPC Launches Free Mobile App

Standards, events, JPCL articles and other resources for coatings professionals on the go is now available as a free mobile app from SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


Lip-Syncing Oil Rig Crew Goes Viral

Life at sea can get lonely and boring—unless you happen to be on an oil rig with a crew full of karaoke masterminds.


CA Antifouling Bill Nears Finish Line

After several years, California legislation targeting copper-based antifouling coatings has just one step to go before becoming law.


New Hempel Antifouling Touts Guarantee

Protective and marine coatings maker Hempel has introduced Hempaguard, a line of two new hull coatings designed to resist fouling during idle periods and improve fuel efficiency.


NSRP Seeks New Research Proposals

New coatings and surface prep technologies and other solutions for decreasing ship ownership costs, improving standards and reducing environmental impacts are some of the goals for a new rou...


12 Shipyard Operations to Share $9.46M

Ship painting, blasting and manufacturing operations in 10 states will see expanded capabilities, facility upgrades and new technologies from $9.46 million in newly released federal grants.


2 Indicted in Navy Contract Kickbacks

Two employees of Navy contractors are facing decades in prison after being charged in a kickback scheme that allegedly traded bribes for Navy subcontracts.


Asia Boom Seen for Marine Coatings

Global growth in shipping and the offshore industry, aided by new coating advances, are poised to kickstart the Asia-Pacific marine coatings market in the years ahead, a new forecast reports...


Corrosion, Overloaded Cargo Sank Ship

Corrosion and a significantly weakened structure contributed to a sinking cargo ship that saw the loss of six lives, according to an investigation report published on Wednesday (June 12).


Obama Proposes 6% DOT Hike in 2014

The nation's beleaguered bridges, pipelines, roads, rail systems, ports, airports, maritime operations and transit systems could begin upgrades in FY 2014, if President Obama's $77 billion b...


Philippines Seeks $1.5M in Reef Mishap

The Philippines has announced plans to fine the United States $1.5 million for damage to a protected coral reef where a Navy ship was stuck for more than two months.


Piece by Piece, Navy Removes Ship

Grounded for more than two months, a U.S. Navy minesweeper is being surgically dismantled and lifted off a coral reef in the Philippines, officials said.


Shipyard Workers Get Layoff Reprieve

Cost-cutting “furloughs” for shipyard painters, maintenance crews and other civilian defense workers have been put on hold as the Department of Defense weighs a stop-gap budget bill newly pa...


Blasting Fire Hits Twice-Torched Sub

Just days after a shipyard painter was sentenced for setting two fires aboard a drydocked nuclear sub, fire crews responded this week to a new fire caused by abrasive blasting on the ship.


Shipyards Warned of Mass Layoffs

Threatened cutbacks by the U.S. Navy could soon cost thousands of American shipyard workers their jobs, BAE Systems is warning its employees.


Coating, Prep Projects on Deck at NSRP

From blasting protocols and best practices, to lasers and mechanical arms, leading experts are pursuing a range of projects to make ship coatings and surface preparation projects easier, che...


Navy to Scrap Stuck $277M Vessel

Hopelessly beached on a reef in the Philippines for over two weeks, the $277 million USS Guardian minesweeper will be cut to pieces in order to free it, the U.S. Navy has decided.


Hull Coating Shakes Off Marine Scum

A novel coating will allow a ship to shed unwanted bacteria and marine scum with the flick of a switch, according to a group of engineers at Duke University.


Navy Ship to Get Camo Paint Job

Decades removed from the “razzle dazzle” camoflauge paint jobs used on warships, the U.S. Navy has decided to bring camo back, announcing a decision to use a similar scheme on littoral comba...


War on Corrosion: News from the Front

SAN ANTONIO—The U.S. military is gaining serious ground in the multibillion-dollar war on corrosion, saving millions of dollars and improving readiness in the process, experts reported Tuesd...


Officials Seek $7M in Bridge Collapse

Kentucky officials are seeking $7.1 million after emergency repairs were required when a cargo ship struck a bridge, essentially cutting it in half and causing the span to collapse last Janu...


 
 
   

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