Compromising coating performance is your decision. Allowing power-tools, water-blasting, poor quality abrasive blasting or perhaps nothing at all, can start an immediate and accelerated cycle of corrosion and repair. Protect your assets and choose performance with a quality coating system prepared by Sponge Blasting; achieve a 30-year coating system with reduced maintenance! Don’t allow “minor” overlooks such as:
Improve ship availability and reduce cost due to delays, repairs, additional surveys and extended docking. The high angularity of dry, low dust, low ricochet Sponge-Jet Sponge Media™ abrasives, allow you to prepare the critical points of your vessel to the highest quality standard.
The Sponge-Jet blasting of deck beams and parts of transverse frames is a valuable practice because it assures highest quality surface preparation in high-corrosion areas like nuts, bolts, joints, welds, and steel edges
Sponge-Jet was used to prepare ballast tanks and erection welds by Sumitomo Shipyard on the first double-acting ship in the world; the crude oil tanker, Tempera was recently inspected. Over ten years later it revealed her ballast tanks to have fully functional and intact coatings.
Example of ballast tank weld seam that was Sponge-Jet blasted in LeHavre, France to SA3 (NACE 1 / SSPC SP-5), White Metal Blast cleanliness.
On this bulk carrier hull, Sponge-Jet was faster than five simultaneous hand-tool operators in preparing weld seams for coatings - and was able to leave an 87-micron (3.5mil) specified profile.
Ordinary abrasives were prohibited on a recent pipe coating project aboard the Chilean Navy’s Antarctic Icebreaker, the “Oscar Viel Toro”; the only product specified and used was low dust Silver Sponge Media™ abrasives; the reason was the job’s proximity to the engine (with dust susceptible valves, pumps and rotating fixtures).
Sponge-Jet abrasives are used for restoring pressure hull and outer shell mounts (removing tile adhesive and corrosion); Canadian Department of National Defense and NAVSEA have approved the use of Sponge-Jet as a replacement for ordinary abrasives.
A Sponge Blaster at SLS Shipyard Co. Ltd. (Korea) cleans and profiles weld seams after construction on the hull of this ship is completed; dust and rebound suppression during this type of blasting allows for other trades to work simultaneously and in close proximity.
Sponge-Jet abrasive blasting in the tank of a chemical tanker at SLS Shipyard Co. Ltd. (Korea); The ability to inspect and/or schedule work nearby Sponge Blasting is precisely why shipyards are able to cut days from new build and refit projects.
Sponge-Jet abrasive blasting in the ballast tank of a chemical tanker at SLS Shipyard Co. Ltd. (Korea) after block erection is completed; note the enhanced visibility and safety with which the blaster works in while using Sponge Media™ abrasives.
Goals were to remove coating, add resin layer and new coating but in a small commercial port versus a large shipyard (saving well over $200,000)… goals achieved and only possible by using low dust Sponge Media™ abrasives which protected neighboring town from potentially harmful fugitive emissions.
Two Sponge Blasters conduct hull repair on a BMLP barge at Buchanan Marine; shipyard location is next to residential neighborhood. The town relies on tourism so Buchanan uses Sponge-Jet abrasives to trap dust at the source.
Two Sponge-Jet blasters prepare the hull of a new z-drive tug boat at Washburn and Doughty shipyard; Note the project cleanliness and near perfect visibility which made the specification of a SA3 (NACE 1 / SP-5) White Metal Blast cleanliness level (in a single pass) easily achievable.
Low dust, Sponge-Jet blasting the hull of a new z-drive tug boat at Washburn and Doughty shipyard; Note the ocean just meters/feet from blasting operations, which would normally be prohibited when using ordinary abrasives – but not with Sponge-Jet according to operators.
Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding and Sponge-Jet help thousands get to work each day; Sponge-Jet is used to prepare aluminum substrates of every New York Water Taxi for coating; Reasons... Gladding-Hearn has desire to recycle and reduce abrasive disposal volume/weight and they can blast in-doors with multiple ships in process during blasting and without interruption.