Cargo Tank Coating
Tankguard Flexline from Jotun is built on the Flexforce technology, ensuring excellent cargo resistance, quick port turnarounds and lengthy maintenance intervals.
According to Marc Giesselink, Global Director - Tank Coating, the nature of some types of cargo, which absorb tank coatings, is problematic. Such cargo can stress and damage tanks and also leads to long ventilation periods after unloading. “Tankguard Flexline has been developed to solve this pressing industry problem, with its Flexforce technology designed for effective operation enabling vessels to carry critical and aggressive cargoes shipped in coated cargo tanks,” said Giesselink.
Jotun’s Solvoxirane chemistry is at the heart of the solution. Standard tank coatings typically absorb low-molecular-weight, aggressive cargoes. This leads to swelling that stresses the structural network of the coating film. However, the composition of the Solvoxirane chemistry provides greater coating flexibility, minimizing structural stress over repeated absorption/desorption cycles. Faster desorption times also lead to decreased ventilation requirements, quicker turnaround and enhanced vessel earnings. Typically, one day saved on ventilation equates to $14,000 in increased earnings.
The durable nature of Tankguard Flexline also extends maintenance intervals. According to Jotun, prolonged coating lifetime can save up to $600,000 in maintenance costs on a typical tanker vessel.
Tankguard Flexline is made to order in selected colors — grey, green and pink — and is now available worldwide. It was made with carefully chosen raw materials to ensure that workers, applicators and the environment are not exposed to unnecessary HSE risks.