Advanced Polymer Coatings (APC) is expanding its work in China after landing a new deal to supply its MarineLINE tank coating system on two new ships being built for Proman Stena Bulk. APC will begin supplying Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI), the biggest shipbuilder in South China, in early 2023 after striking the deal with Proman Stena Bulk, a joint venture between the tanker shipping company Stena Bulk AB and Proman, the world’s second largest methanol producer. The agreement will see APC’s teamwork on two 49,990 dual-fuel DWT tankers, which are part of a fleet of six methanol powered dual-fuel tankers GSI is building.

Each tanker will use 12,500 tons of methanol a year, virtually eliminating SOx and Particulate Matter (PM), cutting NOx emissions by 60%, and reducing CO2 emissions by up to 15% on a tank to wake basis versus conventional marine fuels. APC’s team will apply MarineLINE to 17 cargo tanks on each vessel covering more than 50,000 sqm.

“We’re immensely proud to secure this deal with Proman Stena Bulk,” said Capt. Onur Yildirim, APC marine manager. “We recognise the project is about building some of the most advanced tankers ever constructed. MarineLINE can play its role in the innovation. For example, MarineLINE can have very positive environmental benefits, as it is easier and quicker to clean than epoxy coatings. This means less of the ship’s engine fuel is used to heat hot water, which can help cut emissions. In addition, faster cleaning times are better for the environment, as they cut the chemical cleaning agent required, and slops generated, by up to half compared to epoxy coatings. Moreover, faster cleaning times enables quicker ship turnaround, which in turn can free up additional sailing days, improving the performance ability of the vessel. APC’s team here in Ohio and in China also know the GSI shipyard well, which will help us provide efficient heat curing and application services at the yard.”

“MarineLINE can protect cargo tanks from more IMO approved chemicals than any other coating in the world, covering thousands of aggressive chemicals,” Yildirim said. “Critically, this enables operators to carry a wide variety of different cargoes, frequently, without risk of cross contamination. We very much look forward to working with Proman Stena Bulk on the full life cycle of the coating from application to maintenance.”

APC reports it now accounts for more than 12% of the global cargo tank coating market with more than 700 vessels coated worldwide. Exports are underpinning APC’s growth with key markets including China, the Gulf, Croatia, as well as Turkey.

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