New Product Announcement: Newbuild Universal Primer
Global coatings company Nippon Paint Marine recently announced the launch of its new anticorrosive universal primer for its E-Marine range of paints. According to the emailed release, E-Marine 2000 is the company’s first general-purpose epoxy primer manufactured in China for the Chinese newbuilding market.
Available in grey, red or cream, E-Marine 2000 is an abrasion-resistant, high-volume, epoxy coating with an 80% solid content. The universal primer is reportedly suitable for application to all areas of a newbuild ship, including the underwater hull, boot tops, topsides, decks and cargo holds.
E-Marine 2000 was specially formulated after two years of development to meet the market demand for MSC.215(82)-compliant preparatory primer, which governs the performance standards for protective coatings (PSPC) for ships’ ballast tanks.
Ballast water tanks require a nominal dry film thickness of 320μm, which can be achieved in two coats of primer. However, it can be applied in one coat for a range of film thicknesses on other parts of a ship, with a minimum and maximum dry film thickness of 80µm and 1800µm, respectively.
“A general purpose, universal primer is a key priority for shipyards as a primer that can be applied to all parts of ship – including ballast water tanks – offers significant commercial technical advantages,” said Gerald Mao, Senior Director, Nippon Paint Marine (Shanghai). “As this anti-corrosion paint has been certified for use as a ballast tank coating, more than 70% of a newbuild’s undercoat requirement can be met with just one system.”
In addition to providing long-term corrosion protect, the primer can fully cure in seven days, depending on temperature. A low temperature version of the primer is also available for application in ambient temperatures between -5 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit) and 10 C. E-Marine 2000 LT can reportedly achieve full cure at 0 C within 18 days.
Nippon reports that more than 640,000 liters of E-Marine 2000 and E-Marine 2000 LT have been ordered from Chinese shipyards for 26 newbuilds scheduled for delivery in 2023 and 2024, including 15 bulk carriers,11 PCTCs, four 7000TEU containerships and a 6300m3-capacity LPG carrier.