Sigmashield 1200 is the ‘best in class’ solution for shipping in harsh environments

07 October 2014

PPG Protective and Marine Coatings is fulfilling growing demand for ice class marine coatings for hull protection with Sigmashield 1200. Developed from research conducted in PPG’s own facilities, it delivers exceptional abrasion and impact resistance in ice, combined with very low friction properties.
The coating combines a top of the range phenolic epoxy with carefully selected pigments to provide exceptional performance in icy waters. It has already seen more than a decade of service on ships operating in areas of heavy ice formation, including the Baltic Sea and St Lawrence Seaway/Great Lakes system.
PPG Product Manager Christophe Cheikh said: "The combination of a top quality epoxy matrix and extremely hard pigment is unique in this type of application and provides superior protection.”
The size of the ice-going fleet is increasing as is the size of the ships themselves. Currently, around 10% of the ice class order book is above 60,000dwt, with the majority of the investments made by owners in Germany, China, South Korea and Norway. German owners have the second largest share of the order book and the largest proportion of the ice fleet.

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