CCS encourages new methodology for superyacht painting

Written by Laura Nicholls

Every superyacht owner wants a top of the line product and so, quality becomes the priority for all those involved. However, when it comes to painting a yacht, the desired quality can become vague - resulting in unnecessary problems and unhappy customers. In recognition of this Coating Consultants for Superyachts (CCS) have leveraged on their position as paint specialists and have created a sure-fire solution.Galileo G yacht cruising in Porto CervoPhoto: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht TimesHopefully, a superyacht owner will have an idea of what colour they expect but may not have expressed their expectations for the finish in terms of fairness, gloss and orange-peel levels. These expectations can vary from the specific technical performance of the product that needs to be met. For example, a tank coating requires a minimum DFT and whether the finish is textured or not, the performance of the tank will not be affected. However, the viewer may judge the paint and its quality completely differently. This is where tools such as the Inspection Testing Plan (ITP) or Paint Inspection Plan (PIP) help to formalise the procedure and oversee quality control throughout the entire painting process.Magic Carpet 3 yacht at Loro Piana Superyacht RegattaPhoto: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht TimesCCS has made it their mission to ensure that the PIP is agreed upon by all parties before starting work and that those working on the project all abide by the same rules. The PIP process can help encourage and support the owner to make a decision on the desired level of quality and how to delegate this to every area, especially in underwater areas which are not included in the basic acceptance criteria standards (such as ICOMIA Standard 51-18 Acceptance Criteria Guidelines for the Finish and Appearance for Super Yacht Coating) and do not require as much attention in comparison to that of the superstructure. Also in the treatment of underwater areas, the common procedure is to apply two coats of anti-fouling. The technique used for this can drastically alter the final outcome, as coats applied by roller can provide 100-120 microns of paint, whereas two coats applied by airless spray can provide 250 microns with up to three years without the worry of it polishing away. These preferences can be easily communicated during the initial planning stages and means that quotations from the shipyard can be requested and supported by a well-thought-out acceptance criterion.SY A yacht cruising off Cala di VolpePhoto: Charl van Rooy / SuperYacht TimesGoing above and beyond the standard ITP, CCS is also rolling out a Paper Trail Reporting System (PTRS). Already a number of Dutch shipyards are working with the system to enhance the inspection phase by logging all sign-offs and recording all comments and photos. As the digital system automatically records each and every detail of the job for all those involved, at the end of the contract the team will be able to oversee that everything has been performed as agreed.

By helping to prevent disappointment, frustration, arguments and delays, CCS’ diligent process ensures that, once the desired outcome and expectations of are confirmed, the journey towards achieving a perfect paint job happens without fail.

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To read more about this topic please find the latest article from Colin Mason, Technical Manager at CCS, here. 

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