Building on more than 40 years of successful practical experience, PPG designed the new Phenguard Pro system as a premium tank coating solution for use on IMO II and III chemical/product tankers typically in the 30,000–60,000 pennyweight range.
The Phenguard Pro system, according to Sijmen Visser, PPG global marketing manager, marine, is "truly a game changer for the product tanker market, offering shared benefits to both the shipyard and owner/operator by combining over 20 percent efficiency gains on application at newbuild and/or maintenance with trusted and proven performance for the owner. Based on our 40-plus-years track record on more than 1,500 vessels with this product technology, PPG has again delivered a top-quality product that also represents best value to all stakeholders in the IMO II/III product tanker segment.” The Phenguard Pro system uses Phenguard phenolic epoxy product technology by PPG, which has been the benchmark in the chemical-tanker market for more than 40 years.
PPG identified market demand in the IMO II/III product/chemical tanker segment for a two-layer phenolic epoxy system offering maximum cargo flexibility with improved efficiency at installation. The result is the Phenguard Pro system, engineered and launched for both newbuilding and refurbishment projects.
Visser added that the Phenguard Pro system achieves in two layers of 125 microns what other tank linings can only achieve in three. The coating system can be applied in temperatures as low as 5 C (41 F), he said, making it a year-round solution that helps reduce costs related to heating for winter application. With this addition to PPG's product and chemical-tank-lining range, Visser said PPG now has the most complete offering to this market, supported by experts who are ready to support product selection with the best possible advice.
The Phenguard Pro system also provides a very smooth finish that is easy to clean, thus saving time and labor for cargo switching and tank cleaning. Visser said ship owners will also benefit from well-documented guidance and procedures for cargoes requiring prewash, thus extending the coating life.
The Phenguard Pro system builds on the heritage and track record of the original Phenguard products, tank coating systems that have been sold for nearly a half-century and used on more than 1,500 vessels.