Nippon Paint Receives Green Tech Award
Recently, Nippon Paint Holdings Co., Ltd. announced that Nippon Paint Marine Coatings Co., Ltd. was the recipient of the 2021 GREEN4SEA Technology Award, hosted by SAFETY4SEA, a European non-profit organization that “fosters, enlightens and promotes the marine environmental awareness.”
Established in 2016, the GREEN4SEA Awards are an environmental accreditation program that recognizes corporations that contribute to maritime industry from various aspects. This is the eighth year of the award program.
The achievement marks the first time the Technology Award of GREEN4SEA Virtual Awards was given to a Japanese company. In total, the award program has seven categories. For the Technology Award, NPMC was awarded for its Aquaterras antifouling paint. The innovative paint was orginally nominated in March last.
The Technology Award is given to corporations that have made technical contributions to environment protection. The award program recognizes corporations in seven categories including the Technology Award, Clean Shipping Award and Sustainability Award. Award-winning corporations were selected by online voting for five nominees in each award category.
According to Nippon, Aquaterras is the world’s first biocide-free ship bottom antifouling paint developed using a technology unique to Nippon Paint Marine. Not only does the coating have properties of reducing the friction resistance and cutting fuel consumption by around 10%, but it has no biocide addition. This is in part to its hydrophilic and hydrophobic micro-domain structures that can significantly reduce the frictional resistance of hull through hydrolytic reaction and prevent adhesion of marine organism on the surface.
The coating is reported to be a great contribution to reducing the burden on the marine environment and contributes to safety and health and environmental protection.
The development of Aquaterras received a subsidy for next-generation marine environment technology project from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and was adopted as a joint research theme by the ClassNK. The coating has also been rated highly mainly in the European market for its low environmental impact and used by environmentally responsible customers centered on cruise ship operators.
Commenting on the award-winning achievement, NPMC’s President Seiichiro Shirahata said, “The Nippon Paint Group’s Purpose Statement defines our goal as ‘Enriching our living world through the power of Science + Imagination.’ This expresses our commitment to making our world better and sustainable by using our technological strengths and the unlimited power of imagination and contribute to increasing wealth in society. As a member of the Nippon Paint Group, we will continue to conduct management that reflects the SDGs and ESG and develop world-leading technologies with the goal of solving social issues.”
NPMC plans to continue to tackle environmental issues faced by society through research and development of hull coating products that can constantly support comfortable and efficient vessel operations.