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VT Halter: New Ship Painting - Blast and Paint Booth

Overview

VT Halter Marine is a leader in the design and construction of medium-sized ships in the United States.

With a growing order book, and tightening environmental controls, VT Halter needed to diminish its environmental footprint, decrease reliance on good weather in order to paint, and increase production in its blast and paint operations.

Solution

BlastOne worked with VT Halter engineers to design and build a new advanced technology blast and paint facility to suit some very custom requirements.

booth blueprint
Blueprint design of VT Halter’s massive Blast/Paint facility

The overall blast & paint facility consists of a large 304’ x 120’ (90m x 36m) main building that is divided into a 150 foot blast hall and a 150 foot paint hall that can accommodate ship sections as large as 105’ W x 80’ L x 40’ H, weighing up to 500 tons each.

The design also incorporated

  • Adjacent paint room for painting of small parts
  • Designed for 24/7 operation in all weather conditions
  • Facility uses Blast One’s unique approach to recirculating flow in both paint and blast halls which reduces energy consumption and operating cost
  • Facility includes dehumidification to maximize the number of operating days
  • 100% LED lighting to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint

Results

VT Halter now has a serious competitive advantage over many of their competitors.

Rob Mullins, Chief Executive Officer of VT Halter Marine says: “The installation of this new blast and paint facility is to incorporate cutting-edge technologies in our marine construction programs. We are now able to apply a diverse range of protective coatings regardless of the weather conditions.”

VT Marine Project
VT Halter’s massive Blast/Paint facility

blasting area
Blasting sector of new facility
paint area
Interior of Paint sector of new facility with installed filter walls
 
dust collectors
The large facility required the installation of multiple high-capacity dust collector units
air installations
Makeup Air Unit installations to channel heated air to aid paint curing
 
exterior booth
Looking from the front of the new Blast/Paint facility
dividing door
Large dividing door to separate blasting from painting operations