June 13, 2016
PENETRON Helps Keep Navy Ship-Shape
Using PENETRON crystalline technology, the renovation of the ship berths at the United States Naval Support Activity (NSA) Souda Bay was completed on time this month. PENETRON products are helping to ensure an impermeable and durable concrete structure for the repair of the storage tanks.
Located on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete, the NSA Souda Bay is part of the Hellenic Air Force Base at Souda Chania. This installation provides support to naval ships, aircraft, detachments, and personnel for both the U.S. Navy and NATO allies.
The harbor and berthing facility for naval ships are a central part of the NSA Souda Bay facility. In addition to the concrete ship berths, a key component of this support infrastructure is a network of marine storage tanks – both large and small – that were greatly corroded from salt water and oil and fuel residues from the ships.
Once the tanks were properly cleaned, PENETRON crystalline slurry was applied with a high pressure spray gun. All cracks were filled with PENECRETE MORTAR and then grouted to permanently seal all seams. Theentire surface was treated with a final layer of PENETRON to ensure an impermeable surface resistant to corrosive liquids and petroleum-based products. The total surface of the ship berthing tanks treated with PENETRON crystalline materials was about 6,000 m2 (66,000 square feet). Once completed, the project met all NATO standards, with U.S. military approval.