Marine Projects

Marine Projects

AFC has been providing turnkey blast and paint solutions for international marine customers for five decades.

We produce facilities for ship and submarine building, gas and oil component manufacturing and offshore wind energy. In all cases, we've created world-class blast and paint facilities for leading manufacturers in their field.

Tough marine conditions have a highly detrimental effect on marine structures and equipment. Maintaining these important assets is a critical process that requires careful management to avoid material degradation, flash rust or paint blistering and delamination.

As the sophistication of marine coatings increases, so too does the demand placed on surface preparation. All our marine blast and paint facilities incorporate climate and humidity controls - this enables accurate environment management for improved production times and higher quality results.

Airblast AFC marine facilities can be found in the UK, USA, Canada, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Each project is delivered to the highest technical standards with our renowned first-class service levels.

Project Examples

Offshore Wind
Airblast designed three environmentally controlled buildings for this leading offshore ventures company. Building One accommodates an 80m turbine blade and will be ventilated to provide the requirements of the paint specification. It will be fitted out to be utilised as a paint spray and baking facility. Buildings Two and Three are ventilated and climatically controlled to facilitate the application of leading-edge protection to the last 30m of each blade tip.

Marine Transportation
We designed and installed a climatically and temperature-controlled blast and paint hall featuring a rapid recovery elevator capable of moving up to 30 tonnes of metallic abrasive an hour. In addition, we supplied a vacuum recovery system for blasting within vessel sections and all paint hall ventilation and climate control equipment.

Marine Vessel Construction
Airblast is building a facility that will provide four climatically controlled blast and paint cells to accommodate large marine vessel structures. Each seven-story high blast cell will have independent vacuum grit recovery capable of removing 20 tonnes of steel abrasive per hour from confined spaces on the vessel plus "sweep to a point" mechanical recovery equipment for abrasive used to prepare the hull to SA 2.5. The paint cells will provide both confined space ventilation and general overspray removal from around the hull.

We have also designed and installed state-of-the-art climatically-controlled ship-building and repair facilities for Coast Guard vessels in north America. A blast and paint hall features a rapid recovery elevator - capable of moving up to 30 tonnes of metallic abrasive per hour - and a vacuum recovery system for blasting within vessel sections. Four operators can use this system simultaneously.

We designed and built blasting and painting facilities within a host building for the surface preparation and finishing of wind tower sections of up to 6m diameter and 40m in length. Due to the demands of the paint specification, the blast booth was climatically controlled to hold the SA 2.5 blast finish indefinitely until the component was moved into the paint booth.

Please get in touch to find out more about our marine projects.