AkzoNobel helps restore iconic steamship to its former glory

14 October 2016

Restoration work has started on an iconic steamship regarded as the vanguard of 1930s Scottish engineering. TS Queen Mary is being transformed into one of the UK’s largest interactive maritime exhibits with help from AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings business.

Built in 1933 and the last of its class in the world, the 252ft vessel is set to become a five star visitor attraction, which will make a major social contribution to the City of Glasgow.

"We are proud to be involved in restoring such an iconic vessel”, said Oscar Wezenbeek, Managing Director of AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings business. "The Queen Mary is a legacy of Scotland’s great shipbuilding industry and will be a world class example of maritime heritage conservation.”

Specialist coatings supplied by AkzoNobel’s International brand are being applied to the ship at dry dock in Greenock. When the work is complete, she will be berthed on the River Clyde at the heart of Glasgow’s Finnieston hub. Visitors will then be able to experience the heritage, design and culture of the art deco 1930s.

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