Nippon Coatings Applied to Norwegian Cruise Ship
Global coatings company Nippon Paint Marine has reportedly applied its biocide-free, self-polishing coating Aquaterras to a luxury cruise ship. The application of the product follows successful pre-pandemic testing, demonstrating “superb” resistance to fouling and marine growth.
The coating was applied to Riviera, operated by subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Oceania Cruises, at a dry dock in Chantiers Naval de Marseille in Marseille, France. According to the company, Aquaterras was applied to the vertical sides of the ship, with the average hull roughness measured after the application reported to be a significantly low 40 microns.
Nippon notes that this extreme smoothness will provide reduced friction between the hull and the water, helping NCLH to maximize fuel savings and reduce emissions. Additionally, its biocide-free fouling resistance properties will assist in mitigating possible ecological issues arising from biofouling and species migration.
“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.”
NCLH adds that the use of the coating will also contribute to its ongoing decarbonization efforts and its commitment to pursue net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
“The cruise industry has been an early proponent of Nippon Paint Marine’s ground-breaking technology,” said John Drew, Director of Nippon Paint Marine Europe.
“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 and NCLH have reportedly worked together for over a decade to provide antifouling systems for cruise ships. Nippon reports that it is expected to apply its various marine coating technologies to its 100th cruise ship later this year.