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SERVE YOUR SHIP NOT YOUR LOUVER

FRP COMPOSITE SOLUTIONS BY CECO PEERLESS

“You need to buy these things, guys. It’s going to save you money in the end.”
-- Mike Zirpolo, Principal Port Engineer, USNS Port Cesar Chavez

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According to feedback from Military Sealift Command Port Engineer, Michael Zirpolo, the acquisition cost for a full shipset of thirty-eight new FRP composite louvers for the USN Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-12) was comparable to one maintenance cycle for half a shipset of painted steel louvers. An analysis of full shipset installation and multi-year operating maintenance costs presents an even more compelling argument for FRP composites. This review shows a balance of initial cost of goods for FRP louvers versus a much higher lifetime cost of maintenance for steel louvers with a payback period of less than 5 years.


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Considering a 20-year operating lifetime and a shipset of thirty T-AKE class louvers of varying sizes, the following assumptions were made:

  • 2% annual inflation rate
  • New steel louvers would need blast, paint and blade replacements starting in the 3rd year
  • New FRP louvers would not experience corrosion, but would require touch-up painting starting after 5 years

Discover the total cost of ownership (TCO) savings for your situation using the following calculator below:

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