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MAR 2016

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COATINGSPRO MARCH 2016 41 about the inspection. It turns out that after a very close inspec- tion, there were no areas that required touching up. Te coating held up amazingly well," revealed Harnage. "It is a real testa- ment to the durability of the material, as well as to the skill of the crew who applied it, that the coating was in great shape. It may have been pretty dirty in areas, but it did not crack or otherwise fail, even under the harshest conditions." CP applying the coating," said Harnage. Because of the heaters used to dehumidify the air and the heated material — the Ecodur was heated to 150° F (65.6° C) to thin the viscosity — the interior spaces could get very hot. According to Harnage, the crew worked in 20- to 30-minute shifts to ensure that they didn't overheat. "We were very cautious in the interior spaces. A lthough the areas were not considered a confned space, we always had someone on ' hole watch ' monitoring the crew members who were working. We made sure that each team member only worked in brief shifts to keep them safe," stated Harnage. Te crew also wore 3M coveralls with hoods, 3M face masks during cleaning, prep, and coating application, hard hats, steel- toed boots, safety glasses, and gloves. Waiting Game After such a dramatic and unsettling fnish to the job, Harnage and the Aquablocx team were understandably a bit eager for the ship to return to port so that they could see frsthand how the Ecodur material performed. After six months, the ship returned from Nigeria to rotate its crew and load up on supplies. "Considering the fooding on the fantail, we weren't sure what to expect when the ship docked. I' ll admit, I was nervous Oil & Gas Coatings VENDOR TEAM 3M Safety equipment manufacturer 3M Center St. Paul, MN 55144 (800) 364-3577 www.3m.com Castagra Products, Inc. Coatings manufacturer 5605 Riggins Ct., Suite 200 Reno, NV 89502 (888) 388-2935 www.castagra.com DeWalt Industrial Tool Co. Equipment manufacturer 701 E Joppa Rd. Baltimore, JD 21286 (800) 433-9258 www.dewalt.com Prosoco Material manufacturer 3741 Greenway Circle Lawrence, KS 66046 (800) 255-4255 www.prosoco.com Wr i te in Re ad e r In q u ir y #334

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