Over the last ten years the rudders of 55 container ships owned by Seaspan have been coated with Ecoshield. A number of vessels also had their thruster tunnels and twisted fins given the same treatment. One of these ships recently docked in Indonesia ten years after application. Only small touch-ups were needed on its rudder, much to the satisfaction of the owner.
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After the recent docking of the vessel Seaspan New York its superintendent Mr. Chandrashekhar Singh commented: “In my 10 years of experience as superintendent I have never seen a rudder in such a good condition as when Ecoshield paint is applied. With this good experience, we have applied Ecoshield paint on the draft and load line marks and bow thruster tunnel as well.”
A great deal of effort goes into the design and manufacture of rudders because they are such an important part of a vessel. If a rudder is not given the proper protection against cavitation and the resulting erosion and corrosion damage, the financial and operational consequences can be substantial for the owner.
Ecoshield puts an end to this. Removing the existing paint layers and applying the coating system on running gear breaks the never-ending cycle of painting, suffering damage, having to perform extensive repairs in drydock followed by a full repainting, again and again. Ecoshield gives a very thorough and lasting defense for a ship’s entire service life. No repaint will be required during drydocking. At most minor touch-ups will be needed.
The recent dockings in Indonesia confirmed once more that Ecoshield is the best possible way to protect rudders against cavitation and corrosion damage.
Mr. Mithun Vasudevan superintendent of Seaspan’s CSCL Sydney said that “Ecoshield has definitely been a success and most of our ships have and are in the process of using it. This in itself is a testimonial to the quality of the product.”
A large number of other companies began by coating one rudder experimentally and have ordered the coating for the running gear on other ships after seeing the results in service.
You can give the rudders and running gear of your vessels the same lifelong protection. Contact us for more information.
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