Jotun Marine Coatings completes Qatar project
Jotun applies coatings at new Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma shipyard
Jotun Paints has successfully supplied and completed the application of its marine coatings at the dry dock of MV CMA CGM Kailas, a French container vessel. This is the first vessel to be docked at the new Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma (N-KOM) shipyard at Ras Laffan port in Qatar.
The project presented a series of challenges. The Jotun team of experts made use of paint and coatings designed specifically to protect ships and other forms of vessels.
Seaforce 30/60 is an external coating that offers key anti-fouling properties, while the Jotamastic 80 coating provides high-surface tolerance, penetration and key resistance from the harsh environments of the ocean.
Hardtop XP is a secondary coating designed to give the vessel a glossy look, but still offer a durable and highly-retentive colour finish.
All of the products used in the project carry the company’s eco-friendly standard, leaving less of an impact from volatile organic compounds (VOC) on the environment.
“This project was a landmark achievement for Jotun Marine Coatings in Qatar, as we were able to provide a full supply-and-service solution to the first vessel to dock in the recently-inaugurated shipyard,” said Gunnar Eikebu, country manager, Jotun Paints, Qatar.
The Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma shipyard is located on a 110ha site, about 8km offshore along the southern breakwater of the expanded Port of Ras Laffan.
A project task force established by Nakilat was responsible for managing the design and construction of the new shipyard. Operation of the shipyard commenced just over two years after start of construction.
The shipyard has been designed for the repair and maintenance of very large LNG carriers and a wide range of other vessels, as well as the conversion of tankers to floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) and floating storage and offloading (FSO) units.
It is also capable of constructing a wide variety of ships up to 120m in length, including commercial vessels (e.g. tugs, offshore supply vessels, coastal tankers, ferries), naval and coastguard vessels, and superyachts.
Key features of the shipyard include two large dry docks, the first one measuring at 400m long by 80m wide dry dock, and a second one measuring at 360m long by 66m wide. There is also a massive ship construction hall capable of building four 120m-long vessels simultaneously.