As an independent testing facility accredited for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Performance Standards for Protective Coatings (PSPC) test protocols, Element provides testing solutions to ensure your protective coatings meet mandatory IMO regulations for ballast water tanks and cargo oil tanks.
The IMO sets out two regulations, these are IMO Resolution MSC.215 (82) for paint and coating systems and for Seawater Ballast Tanks known as the Wave Tank Test and IMO Resolution MSC.288 (87) for Cargo Oil Tanks known as a COT test. Element is accredited independently by Lloyd’s Register to perform both of these tests.
Seawater Ballast Tank test
The wave tank test is designed to mimic a ship as it sails from port to port. The tank is designed to move to produce the effect of waves on the ship and the coatings system. Temperature changes are demonstrated as is the attachment of zinc anode to simulate cathodic protection as would be seen on the ship. The test is carried out for six months.
Cargo Oil Tank test
The COT test mimics the exposure of the coating to the inside of a crude oil tank, and so includes immersion in IMO crude and gas mixture.
The effective selection of the coating system protects sea vessels, enhances the safety of the maritime personnel and ensures the coating systems reach their target life span.
For more information on how we can help to adhere to IMO regulations, please contact us today.
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Element offers testing to international standards ISO 12944-6 and 12944-9 (formally ISO 20340) to aid in the selection of suitable paint systems for corrosion protection.
Salt Spray Testing
Element's Engaged Experts conduct salt spray testing, or natural salt spray (NSS) to evaluate the integrity of a coating in a corrosive environment or to test the corrosion resistance of a product or material.
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As an ISO 17025 approved laboratory, Element can carry out testing to the highest quality standards. Our costings experts will support you throughout the whole Norsok M501 testing program.