US Coast Guard Approves Wide Spread use of Sponge Media Abrasive

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The United States Coast Guard released its latest Commandant Notice 10360. In Chapter 5: Preparation of Surfaces, Section D -Alternative Preparation Methods, the Sponge-Jet technology is listed as an effective alternative to other conventional abrasive technologies - and further that the "Sponge-Jet media and process may be used as an alternative to conventional grit blasting…"

The United States Coast Guard released its latest Commandant Notice 10360 with changes to the Coast Guard Coatings and Color Manual, COMDTINST M10360.3C. In Chapter 5: Preparation of Surfaces, Section D -Alternative Preparation Methods, the Sponge-Jet technology is listed as an effective alternative to other conventional abrasive technologies.

As listed in the report, the "Sponge-Jet media and process may be used as an alternative to conventional grit blasting…" Sponge-Jet's low dust, low rebound, recyclable abrasive blasting technology is widely used by the US Navy and other national security forces both domestically and abroad. Among its many benefits is the ability to increase the serviceable life of marine-related assets while reducing the impact that conventional abrasive blasting typically has on the environment.

Sponge-Jet composite abrasives are currently used in certain detachments to remove paint, bottom-coat, tank linings, anti-foulant and non-skid coatings. The media is also used to prepare surfaces on hulls, houses, decks, bilges and in engineering spaces - and can now be used in all units.

Copies of the Manual are available on the Commandant (CG-45) at http://cgweb.comdt.uscg.mil/g-sen/gsen.htm with the Coast Guard Directives at http://www.uscg.mil/ccs/cit/cim/directives/welcome.htm.

Sponge-Jet is headquartered in Portsmouth, NH. They are the world's leading manufacturer of dry, low dust abrasive blasting media and equipment. For more information, contact your local Sponge-Jet representative, visit http://www.spongejet.com or call 1-603-610-7950 (in Europe call +44(0)1253390731).

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