Cleveland, OH (October 27, 2009) â€“ Sherwin-Williams has been awarded the contract to supply marine coatings as part of a three-year overhaul of the supercarrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71).
The project began in August and will continue through late 2012 at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Newport News, where the vessel was constructed and launched in October, 1984. The 1,092-foot-long carrier has seen duty in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
The coatings contract was awarded by Mid-Atlantic Coatings, Chesapeake, Virginia. Sherwin-Williams will provide just-in-time coatings as work progresses for the exterior topside, underwater hull and freeboard. Tank coatings include potable water, ballast, feedwater, reserve feedwater and damage control voids.
Over 20 Sherwin-Williams military-approved coatings products will be used in the coatings project. Many of these were chosen for the innovative solutions they provide:
–rapid cure, single-coat protection, providing fast return to service and reducing overall material costs and labor
–optically active pigment (OAP) tank linings, allowing holidays and pinholes to be easily detected, eliminating application issues and increasing service life
–low VOCâ€™s, providing environmental protection to meet todayâ€™s stringent standards.
Sherwin-Williams will also provide technical expertise and work closely with both the shipyard and contractor throughout the project.
â€œSherwin-Williams is honored and privileged to provide coatings for one of our nationâ€™s most esteemed naval warships,â€ said Brad Rossetto, Vice President Marketing, Sherwin-Williams Protective Marine. â€œWe have a long history of working with the U.S. Navy, Northrop Grumman and Mid-Atlantic Coatings, and we are proud to work together to protect one of Americaâ€™s most important assets.â€