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MAR 2017

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52 MARCH 2017 COATINGSPROMAG.COM Rustbond primer to the pipes, valves, bollards, and equipment bases on the top deck. at was applied at approximately 1 to 1.5 mils (25.4‒38.1 microns) WFT and was topped with a single brush-and-roll coat of Carboline Carbothane 133LH at 3 to 6 mils (76.2‒152.4 microns) WFT. e two-component aliphatic acrylic-polyester polyurethane 133LH was used to create a high-build, low-sheen finish that resists corrosion, chemicals, and abrasion. Sinking Feeling With a deadline looming on the horizon, the crew had one more operation to carry out. Eight 36-inch-diameter (91.4 cm) steel support pilings required spot priming with Carboline's Carbomastic 615 at 7 to 14 mils (177.8‒355.6 microns) WFT, followed by a full topcoat at the same WFT. Carbomastic 615 is a high-performance phenalkamine epoxy that exhibits outstanding moisture and surface toler- ance during application, according to the product data sheet. Moisture tolerance helped because specs called for application down to the mean low tide line, Ofsharick said. e crew hopped aboard barges, rigged up containment, and began waterjetting. But what it uncovered gave them a sinking feeling. "e pilings were in much worse condition than expected," said Ofsharick. "Our UHP actually punched through the steel in some areas, so there was a lot of welding and hammering going on that slowed us up." Couple the unexpected steel-repair delays with having to work between tides to reach the lower sections of the pilings, and it's no wonder the A lpine crew was feeling a bit queasy. Soaking Up Praise With Island International 's welding repairs complete, the A lpine crew received a bit of help from the tide charts to wrap up this project on time. To make this deadline, the crew logged 60-hour weeks, stayed away from home for the most part of three months, and used every trick in the book to install a long-lasting coating system. For the coating application in particular, they wielded Graco King airless spray guns. e five crew members are happy to have their feet on terra firma once more, and they delight in soaking up praise. "e crew did a fantastic job, and the owners are extremely pleased," said Scaturro. "We've done a great deal of over-the-wa- ter work in the past, but this was our first project a mile [1.6 km] from the beach. Because of the crew's hard work, we now have excellent relationships with Island International and United Metro Energy." Suffice it to say that when rumors of another offshore project start circulating around the waterfront, A lpine will be ready to take the plunge! CP Offshore Oil Crew VENDOR TEAM 3M Safety equipment manufacturer 3M Center St. Paul, MN 55144 (800) 364-3577 Carboline Company Coatings manufacturer 350 Hanley Industrial Ct. St. Louis, MO 63144 (314) 644-1000 CHLOR*RID International, Inc. Material manufacturer P.O. Box 908 Chandler, AZ 85244 (800) 422-3217 Graco Inc. Equipment manufacturer 88 11th Ave. NE Minneapolis, MN 55413 (612) 623-6000 Guardian Fall Protection Safety equipment manufacturer 6305 S 231st St. Kent, WA 98032 (800) 466-6385 NLB Corp. Equipment manufacturer 29830 Beck Rd. Wixom, MI 48393 (248) 624-5555 PureSafe Water Systems Inc. Equipment manufacturer 25 Fairchild Ave. # 250 Plainview, NY 11803 (516) 208-8250 Safway Safety equipment manufacturer N19 W24200 Riverwood Dr. Waukesha, WI 53188 (800) 558-4772 TurtleSkin by Warwick Mills Safety equipment manufacturer 301 Turnpike Rd. P.O. Box 409 New Ipswich, NH 03071 (603) 291-1000 "The crew did a fantastic job, and the owners are extremely pleased," said President Sam Scaturro. "Because of the crew's hard work, we now have excellent relationships with Island International and United Metro Energy."

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