Gunnar Eikebu, Country Manager of Jotun Paints
Jotun Paints, one of the world’s leading producers and suppliers of paints and coatings, has successfully supplied and completed the application of its marine coatings on the Dry Dock of ‘MV CMA CGM KAILAS’, a container French vessel, which is the first vessel to be docked at the new world class Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma (N-KOM) Shipyard at Ras Laffan, Qatar. The project presented a series of challenges and the team of Jotun experts made use of its wide range of state-of-the-art paints and coatings solutions like Jotamastic 80, Hardtop XP and Seaforce 30/60, which have been specifically designed 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. The Hardtop XP is a secondary coating designed to give the vessel a glossy look but still offer a durable and highly retentive color finish. All of the products used in the project carry the company’s eco-friendly standard, leaving less of a VOC impact on the environment.
“This project was a landmark achievement for Jotun Marine Coatings in Qatar as we were able to provide a full supply & service solution to the first vessel to dock in the recently inaugurated N-KOM shipyard,” said Gunnar Eikebu, Country Manager, Jotun Paints - Qatar. “The application of an integrated suite of paint and coating solutions to the ‘MV CMA CGM KAILAS’ not only reinforces the ship’s seaworthiness, but also leaves less impact to the environment as all products used in the Dry Dock are part of Jotun’s ever growing line of environmental friendly products. The success of this recent undertaking also reflects Jotun’s key presence in Qatar further demonstrated by the owners continued confidence in our ability to provide their fleet the superior service ever.”
Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma (N-KOM) Shipyard is located on a 110 hectare site, approximately 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 120 metres 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 that is capable of building four 120m long vessels simultaneously.