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PROTECTIVE COATINGS


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Offshore coatings Why fail when you can succeed?


High-quality offshore coatings can cost thousands but save millions.


Gunnar Ackx and Howard Jess are ideally-placed to know. They have delivered successful QA- or QC- coating-inspection-services for more than 1,100 wind energy-related offshore structures since 2000.


Together, they provide expert management for thousands of square metres of well-prepared bare metal. Less diligent operators have discovered that even a few neglected square centimetres can lead very quickly to €-multi-million repair costs, lost production time, logistical nightmares and extended legal wrangles.


Howie and Gunnar head up the highly- experienced Howard Jess Solutions/ SCICON Worldwide bvba partnership. Their mission is to prevent such catastrophes on major projects. Both step in regularly to minimise losses when things go wrong!


NEW PAPER ANALYSES HOW TO SAVE ‘MILLIONS’


The three very typical real-life case-studies below show how due diligence during sophisticated coating processes can avoid problems, while also keeping repairs costs and disruption low when mistakes are made.


GETTING IT RIGHT FIRST TIME In the worst case scenario of repairs and replacements at sea, the team works to meet tight access, safety regs, paperwork, timeframes and adverse weather window requirements on operating assets.


Far better, say Glasgow-based Howard Jess Solutions Ltd and Bruges-based SCICON Worldwide bvba, to grab ‘the one chance of doing it right in the first place’.


Things go wrong for many reasons, explains Gunnar. Poor surface preparation and application, bad specification changes along the supply chain and poorly-selected coating materials are common causes.


“People tend to manage risks based on the actual coating work costs,” he says. “When operational risks are severe, budgeting must cover the massive potential cost of things going wrong, often for very trivial reasons.” he adds. “Every € spent on onshore corrosion protection can multiply up quickly by a factor of 50, 100, or more if the problem moves offshore.”


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