What is a marine barrier?
The dry bulk shipping industry posted some record-breaking numbers recently, earning owners and operators solid profits. The high demand for goods looks to continue into 2022, meaning those actively taking care of their bulk carriers are best positioned to take advantage of the growth in opportunities.
Ensuring a bulk carrier will perform well means using a variety of marine cleaning chemicals to achieve high standards of cleanliness, and protection of the ship’s structures. In this month’s blog, we’re going to talk about protection–specifically, cargo hold protection through the use of a marine barrier.
A marine barrier protects the paint and metal of a cargo hold from the negative effects of transporting some cargos. For example, green delayed petcoke is a notorious hold stainer requiring a marine barrier to keep it off the ship’s steel. Salt and sulfur cargos are corrosive to metal and will eat away at the ship’s steel if it is not protected. Marine barriers are quick and easy to clean off after unloading and to apply for the next cargo if needed.
A marine barrier:
- Creates a thin film separating the ship’s steel from the cargo
- Protects the hold from staining and corrosion
- Is more effective than limewash
- Reduces turnaround times
- Is quick to apply and remove
- Environmentally friendly
So, if you’re an owner or operator in the dry bulk shipping industry, protect your investment by protecting your ships. Use a marine barrier when transporting greasy or aggressive cargos. It’s a safe, easy to use, cost effective solution.
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