New Ecoshield applications
Over the last few months the rudders and running gear of different types of vessels were given an Ecoshield protective coating at yards in France, Turkey, the Netherlands, Finland, Namibia, the US and China. These ships include container vessels, RoRos, chemical tankers, a ferry, a tug and an icebreaker.
Most of the ships belonged to different owners. Some of them were new customers, others returning ones. The returning customers had seen at first hand that Ecoshield solved the problem on their other rudders and wanted the same protection for the rest of their fleet. The new ones saw the excellent result obtained by other owners and chose Ecoshield to prevent corrosion and cavitation damage from recurring.
By removing the existing paint layers and applying the coating system on running gear, the never-ending cycle of painting, suffering damage, having to perform extensive repairs in drydock followed by a full repainting, can be broken. Ecoshield gives a very thorough and lasting defence for a ship’s entire service life. No repaint will be required during drydocking. At most minor touch-ups will be needed.
With time at a premium in drydock, the speed of application of Ecoshield is a further advantage. Ecoshield’s flexibility makes it easy to adapt the application schedule to the rest of the activities at the shipyard or drydock in a way which does not interfere with them. Overcoating time can be as short as three hours. With the right planning, grit blasting and application of the two required layers can be performed in just one day.
Besides offering rudder protection Ecoshield is also suitable for thrusters, azimuth thrusters, Azipods, thruster nozzles, thruster tunnels and other underwater ship gear which needs special protection from corrosion. The extra strength coating protects these areas for the service life of the ship. There is no need for recoating or major repair. For this reason several of the vessels treated recently had their thrusters, thruster tunnels or nozzles coated with Ecoshield as well as the rudders.