Expert Advice: New Book on Coatings for Marine Vessels


The latest insights in marine coatings come together in CorrCompilation: Coatings for Marine Vessels, the latest book by coatings and corrosion expert Todd Byrnes. Featuring case studies, charts and graphs, and insight into the most recent developments in marine vessel coatings, ballast tank linings and antifouling technologies, this compilation is a guide for coating specifiers, paint applicators, shipyard and mobile platform owners, coating inspectors, maintenance engineers, and naval and commercial vessel owners.

According to Byrnes, “The development of marine vessel coatings has been spurred on by emerging challenges and innovations. The recent progress of the last few decades has been driven partly by environmental factors (the toxic effects of heavy metals and concerns surrounding the carriage of invasive species into sensitive ecosystems) and by market pressures (where a 5-percent savings on fuel costs can translate into hundreds of thousands of dollars).”

Recent studies indicate that the total cost of marine corrosion worldwide is between $50 and $80 billion every year. According to the NACE IMPACT Study, a robust corrosion mitigation strategy can produce savings of up to 30 percent on maintenance costs over the life of an asset. A strong knowledge of coatings technology is the first step to protecting marine assets from the effects of corrosion.

CorrCompilation: Coatings for Marine Vessels features case studies focuses on recent advances in outboard and inboard coating technologies, ballast tank solutions and hull anti-fouling products. Developments in the properties, performances and testing of new coatings — along with examples of their practical application — are discussed. 

The book addresses recent trends in the marine coatings industry, such as new legislation relating to safety and environmental considerations, new-generation technologies in surface linings and design challenges faced by ship builders and asset owners.

Learn from industry experts and gain insight into the following industry challenges relating to marine coatings:

  • Stricter legislation around VOC emissions, which is forcing the conversion to waterborne, higher-solids or low-solvent coatings;
  • Safety and environmental legislation that promotes isocyanate-free, chromate-free, and low-VOC coatings;
  • The adoption of universal, pre-construction primers to address the need to reduce fumes during welding and avoid redundant surface preparations;
  • The need to increase production rates to satisfy a demand for coatings that are tolerant of excessive humidities and lower ambient temperatures, with faster cure rates, higher builds and fewer coats;
  • Coatings that perform in extreme environments, in response to the realization of an ice-free passage through the Arctic.
  • More surface area than ever exposed to the elements because of increasing vessel sizes and the switch to double-hull design.
  • Higher tank temperatures, which increase corrosion rates and facilitate microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) activity.
  • Higher operating temperatures and more aggressive conditions (e.g., higher H2S, CO2, salt and water contents), due to the development of more marginal oil fields.

CorrCompilation: Coatings for Marine Vessels is available in paperback or as an e-book in the NACE Store ($130; NACE members pay $97.50).

Todd Byrnes, editor of CorrCompilation: Coatings for Marine Vessels, is a senior coatings engineer with ARAMCO Consulting Services in Saudi Arabia. He has extensive coating and corrosion experience, having worked on coating technology for offshore platforms, pipelines and onshore facilities. He holds CIP3, Protective Coating Specialist and Senior Corrosion Technologist NACE qualifications. 

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