Jul 5, 2023 | Marine coatings & hull protection news

Oman shiprepair yard Asyad Drydock, part of Asyad Group, says that it has applied a high-quality nano-epoxy coating to Asyad Shipping’s Ultramax bulk carrier, ‘Jabal Al Kawr’.

This new coating technology had previously been applied for the first time in the Middle East on Minoa Marine’s Julia earlier in 2023 at Asyad Drydock’s facilities in Duqm, Oman, and following this Asyad Shipping commissioned the application of the eco-friendly nano-epoxy silicone coating solution on the Jabal Al Kawr. This undertaking highlights Asyad Shipping’s commitment to developing a modern shipping fleet that adheres to the highest international standards of efficiency and sustainability, as well as demonstrating Asyad Drydock’s ability to execute tailored projects in line with customers’ strict requirements and deadlines.

The coating was applied following a full Sa 2.0 abrasive blasting surface treatment which was administered for the first time on the Julia. The abrasion-resistant nano-epoxy silicone coating claims several economic and environment-friendly advantages, significantly reducing drag, increasing fuel efficiency and lowering carbon emissions, all while ensuring that less maintenance work is required during subsequent dockings. Additionally, the smooth nano-epoxy silicone coating is said to be resistant to fouling without the need to use biocides, thereby reducing impact on the marine environment.

Dr Abdulsalam Al Rabaani, Acting COO of Asyad Drydock, said: “Being the first drydock to apply nano-epoxy silicone coating in the MENA region is a testament to our advanced ship-servicing capacities and ability to integrate the latest innovations in the industry, as we forge ahead in our pursuit of partnerships with top green solution providers. We are extremely excited to add this novel technology to our host of offerings, allowing us to better serve our clients and cater to their various requirements. Our collaboration with Asyad Shipping also shows both of our companies’ synergy and commitment to sustainability, in line with Asyad Group’s strategy of enabling the transition to a sustainable maritime future.”

With the addition of nano-epoxy silicone coating, Asyad Drydock now boasts a range of top coating solutions within its offering of ship building and repair services. Simultaneously, Asyad Shipping is maintaining its drive towards developing a modern fleet that meets the highest standards of efficiency. Both Asyad Group arms say they continue to pursue the latest technologies that advance sustainability objectives, in line with Asyad’s mission to cement Oman’s standing as a sustainable global logistics hub leading the drive for a green maritime future.

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