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Global testing specialist Exova has been signed up by Sherwin-Williams to provide support on a key marine project. The paint company is 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. Exova will carry out this testing for nine months.