Case Studies

The German Navy training ship SV DEUTSCHLAND

schulschiff deutschlandThe SV Deutschland presents the last available agent of Germany's tradition in maritime, it is a fully rigged, sailing ship. It is the only one remaining of its type sailing using German flag. The 85-year-old vessel is unique with a lot of history and it is protected by using COELAN Boat Coating products.

The launch of SV Deutschland was on June 14, 1927 at the Tecklenborg shipyard located in Bremerhaven. The ship was built for use as sail training ship for the commercial marine. For 12 years that led up to 1939, the ship made a few regular long-distance voyages, seventeen of these being ocean training journeys.

The Deutschland is now a museum vessel. It is used for private charter on celebrations and special functions and for private use. The ship is 86 meters long and it features brass and teakwood components with a deck from Oregon pine. Anchored at Bremen-Vegesack, the old harbor, it is visited by many tourists each year. Some of the tourists stay on board overnight.


Due to its age and exposure to many visitors, in mid-1990s, the management decided to recondition and renovate it. They chose COELAN Boat Coating for protecting the ship's surfaces. This is from wear and abrasion, and continuous exposure to maritime environment. COELAN Boat Coating coated and polished Deutschland's brass fittings in order to preserve their appearance and prevent their tarnishing.

This magnificent vessel continues to attract a lot of tall ship admirers, not only for its historical significance, but also due to its beautiful illustration of Germany's marine custom, which had been preserved by COELAN finishes.


Commercial passenger Ships

cruise shipPublic transport and commercial vessels, for instance, ferries and cruise ships require surfaces that are ultra violet and weather-resistant. They should also be resistant to abrasion and wear that result from the heavy traffic and continuous duty. In spite of that, their appearance needs to be maintained to high standards. This has been challenging for maritime public transport. The high volume of passengers limits the space available for carrying out maintenance work.

COELAN is used widely on the wooden surfaces that are exposed, on cruise ships and other vessels in public transport. Of those, handrails present maintenance problem. Metal cannot be used on handrails since metal heat up if exposed to sun and a touch results to burns in hands. Due to this, the suitable material for handrails is wood. Despite this, protection of handrails made of wood poses a considerable challenge. In past, there was a limit to the use of wooden surfaces and part of it was due to the maintenance needed. COELAN Boat Coating brought the solution.
It has been challenging to protect the handrails. This is because conventional varnish does not protect handrails exposed surfaces from UV radiation and effects of wear. This results in cracking, chipping and peeling after a few months of being in use. Besides the shabby appearance from the use of common varnish failing to meet the expectations of passengers, the varnish's cracked edges are sharp, an injury risk to passengers. Due to this, wood oil was used in the past, an effort for preservation of the condition and the appearance of wood. Despite the benefits of wood oil in protecting the wood for a while, and does not include the unattractiveness of cracking varnish, it has some disadvantages. The main one is the evaporation of oil after some time. This is due to continuous exposure to sunlight, and the wood requires regular and frequent recoating .there is also the need for ongoing maintenance to keep the handrail surfaces in good condition,. This means that wood oil have to be reapplied after about every six months depending on the where the cruise ship or ferry is operating. Since it is impossible to perform maintenance with passengers on board, replacement handrails are frequently used.
With the growth of the cruise industry, there was need for a better solution that would reduce handrails continuous maintenance. Not only is the maintenance time consuming and costly, renewing the wood finish after every 6 months needs liters and liters of wood oil.
COELAN's manufacturers discussed this situation and determined that COELAN Boat Paint had the best solution for the vessels. Top-notch shipping companies started doing their tests on the ships. They assessed performance that COELAN had in different extreme and harsh conditions, from freezing arctic conditions to tropical humidity and heat. Impressive results were produced by Independent short term and long-term tests that took place for periods of even 8 years. COELAN's outstanding performance in handrails led to the tests being carried out on other surfaces that are wooden on deck. From the tests, COELAN Boat Coating is the most long lasting, weather and abrasion resistant solution to the heavily trafficked public transport vessels. The use of COELAN boat paint yields considerable savings for the shipping companies. This is in terms of reduced materials cost since the coat is bought once and there is no need for frequent maintenance and reduced labor cost.


The Dutch three masted schooner SV Eendracht

EendrachtThe SV Eendracht is a three-masted, stunning Dutch schooner. While sailing in the seas and oceans, COELAN Boat Coating, the world's most durable maritime coating protects her surfaces from element's exposure. The first SV Eendracht was two - masted and built in 1974. It cruised for fifteen years, traveling more than two hundred and sixty thousand nautical miles. It was then replaced by the second schooner, which is three-masted.
The launch of the second SV Eendracht took place in 1989 as a training vessel that is three-masted. It was built with intention of giving everyone – especially, the youth - a chance to take part in open ocean sailing long-distance expeditions.
The second Eendracht measurement is 59 meters in length, 510 tons in weight and its home has been in Rotterdam as from 2003. She can accommodate 13 crewmembers and 56 passengers. An outstanding schooner, the ship sails under patronage of the Dutch Tall Ship Sailing Foundation. Eendracht is accessible for private charter and each year, 1000 passengers and more take part and enjoy ocean sailing in it.
In 1996, after many years of continuous exposure to sunlight, salt water, rain, and heavy passenger traffic, the Eendracht required repairing. The impact of daily working and exposure to harsh environment for long had taken its toll. After being restored, a COELAN coating was applied. This was in order to preserve its exposed surfaces subject to weathering and wear. The vessel's look and seaworthiness was renewed, providing, durable, and effective protection from sun, sea, and rain.


COELAN application on 70-year-old teak decks

Susan Smillie's motor yacht, which was 70-year – old at the time, started developing a number of leaks. When one night she was woken up by icy rainwater dropping on her face, it made her realize that she needed to solve the problem and prevent the leaks from becoming worse.

teak deckHer twin-screw 1936 ketch-rigged yacht had a pine hull, and the deck was made of teak that was laid on oak structure. For many years, she tried to look for a solution that she would be happy about. Smillie rejected the use of harsh products such as fiberglass or epoxy, an idea that she got from discussions on Internet forums with other boat owners. She also did not want to paint the old teak decks. She however discovered that several places were beginning to rot and this meant that to prevent the worst, the leaks had to be repaired.


When Smillie find out about COELAN, she said it was like a "wonder product". An elastic coating stopping leaks and protecting wood from marine environment exposure without ruining the yachts look. COELAN delighted her since it would allow her teak deck to expand and contract naturally and to breathe. While comparing it with other products she had used, she found that COELAN Boat Coating is made to last for a long time and to protect wood without closing in humidity. The coating also resists peeling and cracking for long and the wood can last for long without maintenance. She says that although expensive, COELAN actually costs less than alternatives in the end since it goes on for 10 years.

According to Smillie, the outcome is astonishing and the coat is doing very well despite it being a demanding test to the deck. She promises updates on how well COELAN is doing in preserving her stunning old decks.