APC Wins Two New Build Turkish Tanker Deals
Last month, protective coatings manufacturer Advanced Polymer Coatings Inc. (Avon, Ohio) announced that it had won a new deal to supply two new chemical tankers being built in Turkey.
The vessels to be coated include an 8000 DWT Basaran Bayrak NB 80, a chemical/oil tanker being built for the Ceksan shipowner at its Ceksan shipyard in Tuzla, and the 6000 DWT NB 68 Sedat Basak, a tanker being built for Turkish shipowner Atako Shipping and its partner Nakkas Shipping at the Gisan shipyard also in Tuzla.
“APC has been operating in Turkey since 2001 and we have a really experienced talented team which has coated and repaired 450 different chemical tankers in Turkey,” said APC Global Marine Manager, Captain Onur Yildirim. “APC now has around 80% of the Turkish tank coating market and as a result, it is one of our top export destinations and we really look forward to undertaking these jobs.”
According to the company’s press release, work on the project started at the end of May. The new build vessels’ cargo tanks and slop tanks will both receive applications of APC’s MarineLINE coating system. In addition, the vessels will also undergo an application inspection and full heat curing services.
Captain Yildirim said the projects will be led by their Turkish Marine Sales Manager Koray Karagoz supported by APC's 14-strong team at its Tuzla office as well as APC’s head office in Cleveland, Ohio.
“The low absorption characteristics and highly glossy surface of MarineLINE allow operators to reduce overall tank cleaning times, which in turn helps reduce fuel consumption and GHG emissions associated with hot water production”, he said.
“This, together with the cargo versatility and flexibility that MarineLINE offers over its competitors, is giving us a real edge. What we mean by versatility is ease of cleaning between different cargoes, meaning operators can switch grades more frequently and easily, with significantly less risk of cross contamination. These are key advantages in the chemical tanker market, where vessels can be expected to transport a wide variety of chemicals.”
With this new deal, APC reports that it now accounts for more than 12% of the global cargo tank coating market. The deal also arrives shortly after APC inked a new deal with Chinese shipowner Shandong to supply a fleet of 50,000 DWT medium-range tankers to be chartered by Shell as part of its Shell Project Solar program.
In 2021, the company’s maritime sales grew by 40% with 56 ships coated equating to over 750,000 square meters of MarineLINE applied.
Recent APC News
In April 2021, APC announced in a press release the hiring of Kenny Rogers as a Business Development Consultant, for the MarineLINE cargo tank coating system.
Prior to joining APC, Rogers worked for several leading shipping companies including most recently at Aurora Tankers Management as Head of Aurora Tankers, Singapore, from 2011 to 2019. He has over 30 years of experience in the shipping industry including senior management positions with companies OMI Corp., Carnival Corporation, Seabulk International, and SEACOR, and NETCO.
“We are very pleased to have Kenny join our organization,” said Captain Yildirim, at the time. “He has a strong background with many years of experience in the Maritime industry. He will continue to solidify our niche position with our world-wide clients in understanding the value of the MarineLINE coating system.”
Two months later, it was announced that Captain Tore Svensen had joined APC as a Business Development Consultant, for the MarineLINE cargo tank coating system.
Captain Svensen is reported to have a diverse portfolio of experience on-board chemical tankers, holding a diverse range of management positions for profitable companies such as: Odfjell Tankers, JO Tankers, NCC, Barwill and ISS.
He also worked for several prominent shipping companies on board a variety of different coated chemical tankers, including UACC as Head of Fleet, Middle East, from 2016 to 2021, prior to joining APC.