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Nippon Paint Marine Re-Coats 1911 Built Cargo Ship for German Harbour Museum

Logistic News - Published on Fri, 03 Jul 2020

Image Source: Nippon Paint Marine German Harbour Museum
Nippon Paint Marine completed the extensive re-coating of the four-masted, steel-hulled Peking, the 1911-built cargo ship which is coming to the end of a EUR 32 million, three-year restoration project at Peters Werft GmbH, on the River Elbe at Wewelsfleth in Germany. The 115.5 meter long, full-rigged bark, one of the Flying-P cargo sailing ships built by Blohm+Voss for the F.Laiesz shipping company, is scheduled to leave Peters Werft in August.

Nippon Paint Marine had to assess the compatibility of coatings with steel manufactured more than 100 years ago and which used ferrous alloys that are no longer in common use. A further challenge was that since the vessel would not be trading, operating only as a stationary structure, a hull coating with a 25-year lifetime and capable of providing three-year over coating intervals was required. To avoid environmental impact at the future berth, the use of an antifouling paint was not permitted, adding to the project’s complexity. It was agreed that Nippon Paint Marine’s NEOGUARD 100 GF, a durable, high-solid glass flake epoxy, would be the most suitable coating for the underwater areas of the hull. This was applied in two-coats to provide a total film thickness of 350µm.

Blasting, carried out with the entire ship under canvass to safeguard against any environmental pollution, was also necessary to remove any hazardous materials in older coatings. Special attention also had to be paid to the riveted areas and overlaps. Once blasted, Nippon’s Uniprotector, a corrosion-resistant two-coat epoxy primer pigmented with aluminum, was applied to improve penetration capability and to extend the maximum overcoating interval by an additional 6 months. The original rivets and plank overlaps, which were to remain as visible as possible, benefitted from an additional stripe-coat of EPOBARR, a solvent-free, fiber-containing epoxy filler, before the application of the NEOGUARD topcoat.

Two 150µm coats of the company’s E-MARINE A/C were then applied to the Peking’s topsides, decks and rigs/masts, to provide unlimited maximum overcoating intervals before Nippon’s U-MARINE Finish was applied in a semi-gloss shade.

In addition to the extensive paint job, Peters Werft restored the original hull form and was able to retain most of the riveted steel plates using contemporary welding and modern ship repair techniques. All decks, compartments and interiors have been restored. Masts and rigging had to be partly restored and renewed.

When restoration works are complete, Peking will berth in the Hansahafen opposite to the new opera house Elbphilharmonie to undergo final preparations before the move to her final place where she will operate as the museum ship of the future German Harbour Museum.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Fri, 03 Jul 2020
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