Advanced Polymer Coatings (APC), Avon, Ohio, has signed a major multi-ship deal to re-coat 10 tankers with Turkish ship management firm Chemfleet. The deal was struck at Chemfleet’s Istanbul office by APC’s global marine manager, Captain Onur Yildirim, who is based in Avon, and its Turkey marine manager, Captain Koray Karagoz, based in Istanbul. According to Yildirim, APC now holds 80% of the Turkish marine coatings market, having coated and repaired more than 450 vessels since establishing in the country in 2001.
Yildirim reports that the new contract follows a third special survey of the chemical tanker fleet, which takes place after APC’s MarineLINE tank coating system has been in place for 15 years. Yildirim said at that point, the tank coating needs to be recoated to maintain its performance. The fleet ranges from 6000 to 15000 DWT tankers, and the work will be undertaken at a collection of Turkish shipyards.
The Chemfleet deal marks a strong period for APC in Turkey, with a collection of other projects also signed in June to re-coat a further eight vessels for a range of Turkish ship owners. In total, the deals will see 18 vessels recoated with MarineLINE. The re-coating agreements follow two new-build deals in Turkey announced in May. The projects will see APC apply MarineLINE to two chemical tankers: the 8000 DWT Basaran Bayrak NB 80, being built for the Ceksan shipowner at its Ceksan shipyard in Tuzla, and the 6000 DWT NB 68 Sedat Basak, being built for Atako Shipping and its partner Nakkas Shipping at the Gisan shipyard also in Tuzla.
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