This article presents the author's perspectives on the future of shipyard coating work in terms of environmental and safety issues, new technologies, regulations, productivity, and classification societies. It is reasonable to expect continued development in waterborne, surface-tolerant, high-solids, and 100% solids coatings as well as in wet and dry blasting equipment and plural-component spray units as manufacturers refine the products they have introduced to meet the industry's changing needs in recent years. Two major influences on developments in the marine coatings industry will be environmental regulations and economic factors. For example, the coming ban on tin-based antifoulings because of their environmental impact will probably drive the development of suitable replacements for some time to come. At the same time, shipyards and owners will have to consider the costs of complying with new regulations as well as incorporating new types of equipment and materials into their operations. Two key environmental issues that require continuing attention are reducing volatile organic compound (VOC) levels in paints and minimizing the disposal of empty containers. Because of the large and global nature of the industry, it will be crucial for companies to be cost-oriented in coming years. The approach in some companies is to cut costs through the use of cheap labor. Others are doing it by increasing productivity and advances in technology.

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    Technology Publishing Company

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  • Authors:
    • Riu, E P
  • Publication Date: 2000-5


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  • Accession Number: 00793971
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 10 2000 12:00AM