Major marine coatings project for Exova

Global testing specialist Exova has been signed up by paint and coatings giant Sherwin-Williams to provide support on a key marine project.

The paint company, founded more than 145 years ago and operating from almost 4,000 locations worldwide, is now working with Exova’s coatings division to test a number of marine coatings at the development stage.

Exova will test the products to the two key International Maritime Organisation (IMO) performance standards for protective coatings, resolutions MSC.215(82) and MSC.288(87). These provide minimum standards for protective marine coatings used in both ballast tanks and cargo oil tanks.

MSC.215(82) is the performance standard for protective coatings for dedicated seawater ballast tanks in all types of ships. MSC.288(87) is the standard providing technical requirements for the minimum standard for protective coatings to be applied in cargo oil tanks during the construction of new crude oil tankers.

Both standards are vital to the construction of ships, setting out the requirements to which the protective coatings used must adhere.

Exova will carry out this key testing for nine months in what is a significant investment for Sherwin-Williams.

The US-based company is a global protective and marine coatings company offering a complete line of high performance coatings and systems to combat corrosion, supported by the largest group of NACE-certified coatings inspectors in the industry.

Exova carries out a range of coatings services for the marine industry, and was the first independent testing group to be accredited for carrying out the key ballast tank simulation test introduced in the IMO resolution MSC.215(82) Ship Design and Equipment Specification performance standards for protective coatings.

John Carter, strategic account director at Exova, said: “Exova has a long history of testing within the marine coatings sector to both the key IMO performance standards.

“Sherwin-Williams is looking to make real advances into the marine coatings industry and this testing is vital to ensure its products meet the stringent standards laid down for the maritime industry.”