PPG unveils step change in cargo tank coatings

Malcolm Latarche
Malcolm Latarche

09 December 2015


PPG Industries protective and marine coatings business has unveiled the PHENGUARD™ Pro tank coating system. For shipyards and at installation, the system claims to provides potential efficiency gains of as much as 20 percent compared to traditional three-layer coating systems and chemical resistance and the longest carriage time on the market of more than 3,400 cargoes. 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. 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.