The paint system, currently the world’s first and only completely biocide-free, self-polishing (SPC) antifouling paint, finished first in a global poll for making a “significant technological breakthrough” in marine environmental sustainability, according to Nippon Paint Marine.


“The Technology Award is an extremely important category and Nippon Paint Marine is very proud to have won this award, especially as we celebrate our 140th anniversary,” said Seiichiro Shirahata, Nippon Paint Marine president. “Advancement through coatings technology has always been Nippon Paint Marine’s driving force and ethos. We are immensely proud that this commitment to technical achievement has been recognized by those forward-thinking ship owners that have applied the coating, but also to the global maritime industry in general for voting for this technology.”


AQUATERRAS was launched in 2017 and “in a relatively short time, the system has received wide market acceptance as it contains absolutely no biocides,” said Ryuji Ishihara, chief product officer, Nippon Paint Marine.


“Its ground-breaking technology, developed by Nippon Paint’s team of R&D chemists, paves the way for a cleaner, greener ocean environment,” Ishihara added. “By controlling biofouling and maintaining clean hulls the global shipping industry can help leave our oceans in condition fit for future generations to enjoy.”


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