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Staying Ship-Shape With Borates

:: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

In Baltimore’s Inner Harbor sits the USS Constellation, a more than 150-year-old wooden ship that served the United States Navy for nearly a century. Its age, however, is just a number. The historic vessel is channelling its youth through the use of borates.

Launched in 1854, the Constellation was the last all-sail ship designed and built for the US Navy. Its missions were many, including freeing slaves from Africa, relieving famine in Ireland, transporting art across the Atlantic, and providing a training base for US sailors.

Through ongoing applications of Tim-bor, a highly water-soluble borate product created by Rio Tinto Borates, its maritime history won’t soon be forgotten.

The environmentally friendly wood preservative, also called spray dry, protects against wood-rotting organisms such as fungi, beetles and termites — all while remaining nontoxic to humans and other mammals. That means a truly safe experience for the ship’s 100,000 visitors annually.

U.S. Borax, part of Rio Tinto, is a global leader in the supply and science of borates—naturally-occurring minerals containing boron and other elements. We are 1,000 people serving 500 customers with more than 1,700 delivery locations globally. We supply 30% of the world’s need for refined borates from our world-class mine in Boron, California, about 100 miles east of Los Angeles.  Learn more about Rio Tinto

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