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SEP 2017

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TransMontaigne Partners L.P. needed one of the steel tanks at their Florida facility to be recoated. The 29,500-sq.-ft. (2,740.6 m²) tank needed to be prepped and recoated with an insulation coating. Feature 60 SEPTEMBER 2017 COATINGSPROMAG.COM A BY STEPHANIE MARIE CHIZIK PHOTOS COURTESY MASCOAT Windy Weather Keeps Crew Innovating on Insulation Job A s the old adage goes, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But what do you make when life — or in this specific situation, a jobsite — gives you wind? Instead of getting sour, the experienced crew from BARR-None Coating Applicators, Inc. was able to turn a windy situation into an opportunity for innovation. eir ability to rise to the challenge kept the tank recoat project on point and kept them in good graces with the client, TransMontaigne. Rain or Shine? According to BARR-None Vice President Stephen Barr, TransMontaigne brought in the coatings crew through a formal bid process. e tank, although in good condition, is located in a coastal environment at the Port Everglades, Florida facility. It was originally covered with insulation to help keep the residual fuel inside at the desired temperature, but the covering needed to be replaced. To meet the spec, the project began with the five-person crew working on the tank 's roof. ey worked their way around the outer shell, covering a total of 29,500 square feet (2,740.6 m²) of steel. But the crew couldn't cover all of that in one day. "[We] blast maybe 25 percent of the tank and then prime it, then come back and do the next 25 percent of shell," explained industry veteran and Project Foreman Fernando Valasques. "On the roof, we do half roof then prime, and then do the other half and prime. We cannot lose the blast." Dividing the tank into workable sizes enabled them to prime anything that they prepped in the same day. e amount that they could complete in one day was, at times, dependent on Mother Nature. "Sometimes we have to work with the weather," Valasques explained. "If we see it's going to rain the next day, we have to make sure whatever we blast [can] be primed so it doesn't rust on us." Luckily, it only STEEL TANK

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