APC to Begin Greek Tanker Coating Work
Protective coatings manufacturer Advanced Polymer Coatings Inc. (Avon, Ohio) recently reported that it will recoat two oil and chemical tankers for United Overseas Management starting this month.
The new deals with the Greece-based shipping group will see APC’s MarineLINE protective tank coating reapplied to the 45,293 DWT UACC Mansouria and the 45,249 DWT UACC Marah. Both vessels were reportedly built in South Korea in 2013 and were coated with MarineLINE during construction.
The recoating work is anticipated to begin this month and through April at the Chengxi Shipyard Co. Ltd in China. The ships are equipped with 22 tanks that offer 27,500 square meters of cargo-carrying space.
“These projects follow on from the recoating work we delivered for United Overseas in 2022 and are a testament to the working relationship we continue to build with the company. We work closely with them in order to support all their requirements,” said Georgios Mitropoulos, APC Southeast Europe Sales Manager, in an emailed press release.
United Overseas is headquartered in Athens and operates a fleet of 22 vessels, including 16 Product and Chemical (PCT) cargo-carrying tankers.
According to the release, work was previously completed last year for the shipping group on two full vessel recoating projects. MarineLINE was reportedly applied to oil and chemical tankers NCC Messila and NCC Masafi, which were built in South Korea in 2012, at the Chengxi Shipyard.
“The low absorption characteristics and the highly glossy surface of MarineLINE allow operators to reduce overall tank cleaning times,” added Mitropoulos.
“As well as a quicker turnaround, it also means a reduction in fuel consumption as well as being better for the environment. Those factors are a real plus for shipping operators and are becoming increasingly important to them.”
Other Recent Tanker Deals
The deal is the latest for APC, after the company secured a slew of contracts last year for tanker coating work in several countries.
In May, APC announced that it had won a new deal to supply two new chemical tankers being built in Turkey. The vessels to be coated included 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.
According to the company’s press release, work on the project started at the end of that month. The new build vessels’ cargo tanks and slop tanks would both receive applications of APC’s MarineLINE coating system. In addition, the vessels wouldl also undergo an application inspection and full heat curing services.
In July, the company signed a signed a multi-ship deal to recoat 10 tankers with Turkish ship management firm Chemfleet. APC reported that the move reinforces its position as a major protective tank coating company in Turkey’s maritime sector.
The following month, APC signed yet another series of new chemical tanker deals in Turkey, commanding 80% of the area’s market. The jobs included undertaking two repair jobs at a yard for Turkish shipowner Veysel Vardal Shipping.
Work was to be completed on its 6800 DWT MT Barbaros Uluç Vardal and MT Barbaros Hayrettin Vardal chemical tankers. This involved coating 12 cargo tanks and two slop tanks.
Additionally, APC reported that it struck a new deal to recoat six tankers owned by Turkish ship owner Mercan and a single tanker for Turkish ship owner Transal. Work was to be overseen by APC’s Tuzla-based Turkish team led by Koray Karagöz.
Then, in November, APC landed its third deal of the year with Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) to recoat 15 cargo tanks. The recoat work would be completed on its 25,583 DWT chemical tanker, the Reinhold Schulte.
According to the release, the agreement followed similar deals from earlier this year to recoat the 25,581 DWT Rudolf Schulte and 25,620 DWT Rebecca Schulte, signed by APC Global Marine Manager Captain Onur Yildirim alongside BSM’s Ship Management Center in Singapore.
Work was anticipated to begin that month at the IMC Shipyard in Zhoushan, China, with a completion date in November. The company’s MarineLINE protective tank coating would reportedly be applied on more than 19,000 square meters (roughly 204,514 square feet) of cargo tank space aboard the tanker.
Then, the following month, APC reported it would be growing its work in China, landing a new deal to coat two new ships built for joint venture Proman Stena Bulk. According to the release, APC would supply its MarineLINE tank coating system to Guangzhou Shipyard International, the biggest shipbuilder in South China, in early 2023.
The agreement would see APC’s team work on two 49,990 dual-fuel DWT tankers, which are part of a fleet of six methanol-powered dual-fuel tankers GSI is building. In total, MarineLINE would be applied to 17 cargo tanks on each vessel, covering more than 50,000 square meters.
Most recently, in January, APC announced that it sealed several new contracts to apply its tank coating system to newbuild tankers in Turkey, as well as recoating projects.
One contract involves a deal with Genka Shipbuilding; APC has previously coated six of the company's tankers, and will see MarineLINE applied to a newbuild 2,000 DWT oil and chemical tanker. Construction of the vessel at the Pendik Naval shipyard will reportedly begin this month.
Additionally, APC signed a contract with Okan Ogullari Shipping to coat its latest new build 10,500 DWT tanker, with construction work also scheduled to begin this month. Okan Ogullari was one of the manufacturer’s first customers, APC reports, and MarineLINE has been applied to four of the vessels in its fleet.
APC has also reportedly been commissioned by Swan Tanker to recoat M/T pek-S, a 6,267 DWT oil and chemical tanker that was built in 2009.
Finally, a 2013-built 15,995 DWT tanker, M/T Endeavour, will also be recoated with MarineLINE in early 2023 after an agreement was struck with DüZGIT Shipping Management in Istanbul. Its fleet of five ships are all reportedly coated with the MarineLINE system.