With the outbreak of COVID-19, a new economic landscape has appeared on the maritime scene. Demands for shipping services from tankers, bulkers, container ships, and cruise lines have dropped as one nation after another has been impacted by the pandemic, setting supply and demand forces askew globally. In the midst of falling revenues, ship owners and operators also face the question of how to preserve the value of idle vessels exposed to extremely corrosive marine environments.
Cortec® Corporation is working hard to ease the pain and simplify decision-making with a practical layup guide that helps the shipping industry hope for the best while preparing for the worst. Cortec’s guide to
“Long-Term Storage of Ships” draws upon the advantages of VpCI® Technologies to provide techniques that are user friendly, effective, and minimize the time and labor needed to return vessels back to service when the crisis ends.
Cortec’s Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitors offer a distinct advantage in this preservation plan by their ability to vaporize and form a molecular protective layer on all metal surfaces within a void space. The molecular layer serves as a barrier to oxygen and electrolytes and breaks the corrosion cycle, providing uniform corrosion protection inside rudders (VpCI®-609/VpCI®-308), boilers (Boiler Lizard®), and electrical/electronic control cabinets (VpCI®-101/105/111 Emitters). Incorporated into oil and fuel additives, this technology can be applied to gearboxes (M-531) and fuel tanks (VpCI®-707) to provide corrosion protection both above and below the surface of the fluids. Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitors can even be used to protect against insidious CUI (corrosion under insulation) by injecting VpCI®-658 into insulation.