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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.
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
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