Nippon Paint Marine  

Glückstadt,  Deutschland 
  • Booth: 356

NIPPON PAINT MARINE supplies coatings designed & proven in service to provide owners & shipyards with the best possible performance and customer support.

Nippon supplies all the major cruise brands with its unique, low-friction A-LF-Sea and now launches a new era in marine coatings by using entirely new, sustainable biocide free technology delivering Nippon Paint’s trusted excellence in performance.

Aquaterras is the world’s first and only biocide free SPC antifouling.  Proved in service, its super-low roughness reduces fuel and lowers emissions.

Nippon Paint’s success and reputation is driven by constant R&D to supply products of excellent quality.  We use our parent Nippon Paint Group's huge capacity for technology in research and development.

We are constantly researching original coating technologies to develop safer and more eco-friendly products, but also have made extensive studies of marine organisms and fouling mechanisms, essential to the development of sustainable technology, keeping ships clean and reducing shipping’s impact and costs.

Booth team: John Drew (+44 7771 605512) ; Johan Wilckens (+49 177 1988835)


 Press Releases

  • 21 Mar 2023:

    Marine coatings leader Nippon Paint Marine has announced the application of its unique biocide-free self-polishing coating (SPC) AQUATERRAS to RIVIERA, a luxury cruise ship operated by Oceania Cruises, a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH).

    This application of Nippon Paint Marine’s award-winning AQUATERRAS product follows pre-pandemic testing on NCLH’s vessels. After almost two years of the vessels being exposed to static, pandemic-enforced operation in a fouling rich marine environment, AQUATERRAS demonstrated superb resistance to fouling and marine growth.

    The coating was applied to Riviera (66,172 GT) in dry-dock at Chantiers Naval de Marseille (CNdM). AQUATERRAS was applied to the vertical sides of the ship. The average hull roughness measured after the application of AQUATERRAS was a significantly low 40 microns. This extreme smoothness will provide reduced friction between the hull and the water and will help NCLH to maximize fuel savings and reduce emissions. Aquaterras’ excellent biocide free fouling resistance properties will assist in mitigating possible ecological issues arising from biofouling and species migration.

    Nippon Paint Marine has been working closely with NCLH for over a decade to provide antifouling systems for cruise ships operating under the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands.

    “Due to the impressive performance of AQUATERRAS in testing, we decided to broaden the scope of supply to ships in the Oceania Cruises’ fleet and are exploring additional applications to the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet,” said Carlo Paiella, Senior Vice President, Technical Operations for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. “Nippon Paint Marine’s technical service and worldwide supply capabilities complement the excellent performance and sustainability benefits we have seen from the company’s highly effective marine paint coating technology.”

    “As leaders in the cruise ship sector, we believe it is vitally important to do all we can to reduce our environmental impact. The use of AQUATERRAS will contribute to our ongoing decarbonization efforts and our commitment to pursue net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”

    AQUATERRAS is the world’s only biocide free self-polishing coating and is based on a unique micro-domain SPC developed by Nippon Paint Marine. The coating works by using science and materials used in medical anti-thrombogenic polymer technology. Hydrophilic & hydrophobic micro-domain structures actively combine to naturally repel any biological adhesion onto the vessel’s surface. Nippon Paint Marine’s chemists ensured that a constantly active micro-domain structure is always exposed by creating a continuous self-polishing reaction.

    “We are proud that Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has selected Nippon Paint Marine as a prime supplier of underwater coatings for their vessels,” said John Drew, Director of Nippon Paint Marine Europe. “As a market leader, NCLH understandably requires highly effective solutions to maximize operational efficiencies, reduce fuel consumption and associated costs, while also achieving its environmental aims. The company’s forward planning, coupled with the reliability and performance of the AQUATERRAS’ fouling resistance coating will enable NCLH vessels to benefit commercially, operationally and work towards the company’s ambitious sustainability targets.”

    “The cruise industry has been an early proponent of Nippon Paint Marine’s ground-breaking technology. NCLH is one amongst a group of proactive and forward-thinking cruise lines that recognize AQUATERRAS as a hugely significant breakthrough technology in the antifouling market, providing enhanced levels of performance to those systems containing biocides, such as cuprous oxide.”

    Nippon Paint Marine is expected to apply its 100th cruise ship using its various marine coating technologies later this year.


    About Nippon Paint Marine

    Nippon Paint Marine is a subsidiary of Nippon Paint Group, a top five global paint supplier. Nippon Paint has been producing marine coatings in Japan since the 1880s and has been the leader in the development of all kinds of marine paint technology but especially antifouling paints. Nippon Paint Marine developed and launched the world’s first self-polishing (SPC) tin-free antifouling paint in the 1990s and followed that with the launch of the world’s first low-friction SPC in 2006. More recently, the company developed AQUATERRAS, the world’s only biocide-free self-polishing coating. AQUATERRAS is a unique micro-domain SPC developed by Nippon Paint Marine from raw materials used in the pharmaceutical fields.
    For further information, please contact:
    John Drew
    Nippon Paint Marine (Europe)

    Jungmin (Jemina) Kim
    Nippon Paint Marine

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