Company successfully completes testing of coating systems consistent with the new IMO PSPC rules for cargo oil tanks (COT), scheduled to come into force next year
The new IMO PSPC rules for cargo oil tanks (COT) will go into effect January 2013. Focused on maintaining the long-term integrity of tanks, the new standard requires that all coatings used in the tanks must provide long-term protection against the corrosive effects of crude oil.
The tests were undertaken at an IMO-approved test institute, COT in the Netherlands, on several tank coating systems. The first test simulates the composition of the vapour phase in crude oil tanks both in ballast and in fully loaded condition. The second test simulates immersion in a crude oil tank with a model liquid developed to replicate some of the most corrosive crude oils.
According to Ulf Skovly Sales Manager Marine Jotun UAE, Jotun coating systems performed well in these rigorous tests. “Jotun welcomes the IMO regulations as they ensure a given standard for the whole coating process, from steel preparation to control measures,” he added. “Type approval for coating systems ensures that our customers can trust they are selecting appropriate and high-performance coating systems, fit for purpose.”
Jotun is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of paints, coatings and powder coatings. The group has 70 companies and 38 production facilities in 39 countries on all continents. In addition, Jotun has agents, branch offices and distributors in more than 80 countries. Jotun’s total sales in 2010 were NOK 13,452 million, and have today 7,800 employees. The Jotun Group has four divisions, and its head office in Sandefjord, Norway.