PPG marine coatings
SIGMA COATINGS is a trademark of PPG Coatings Nederland B.V.

Operating at peak efficiency in some of the world’s most demanding—and sensitive—environments.


When marine vessels run efficiently, they can save fuel on every route. But when marine life attaches to the hull, it creates drag. PPG’s marine solutions include biocide-free fouling-release coatings. By creating an extremely smooth surface, this advanced coating system reduces hull friction resistance, lowers CO2 and SO2 emissions, and provides significant fuel savings.

Because it doesn’t contain biocides, it’s friendly to marine life and helpful to ship owners in adopting environmental compliance programs. Also, the high solids content and long-service lifetime contribute to low solvent emissions, meaning the number of empty waste drums is reduced and wash water from hull cleaning operations doesn’t have to be treated as chemical waste.

A wide application window and improved curing make our coatings ideal for critical shipyard schedules, while providing outstanding performance during ship service. PPG’s global marine and protective products are marketed under the leading brand name SIGMA COATINGS®.

Pioneers in perfecting coatings for harsh conditions.

Our roots in marine coatings extend to 1722, when Sigma Coatings began supplying coatings for marine protection that became a significant factor in the working life and profitability of a vessel. Then, like now, each coating had a specific task to perform, working together to protect every part of the vessel—from the underwater hull to the topside, from the ballast tank to the cargo hold and everything in between. Today, PPG coatings meet and often exceed long-life specifications for all areas of ocean-going and floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels.

Managing fuel costs.

The graph below displays the history of the 380 cst bunker fuel price ex-Rotterdam. Fuel prices are increasing, with the current level at USD 650 (EUR 455.5)/ tonne in April 2011, 40 percent above the price in April 2010.

Bunker fuel represents more than 50 percent of the variable costs in shipping, and so these increased fuel prices are hitting our customers’ bottom lines. From a hull coating perspective, PPG makes two leading technologies available to the shipping industry to reduce fuel consumption and help our customers deal with these rising costs. Only PPG offers leading products in both these technologies.

  • Silicone Fouling Release - SIGMAGLIDE® 990 biocide-free fouling release delivers guaranteed fuel savings
  • Silyl Acrylate Antifouling - SIGMA SYLADVANCE 800TM self-polishing antifouling provides improved fuel savings

Full speed ahead.

To help minimize downtime and maximize service life, PPG has developed a worldwide marine and protective coatings supply network that allows us to deliver coatings wherever our customers are located. Additionally, PPG specialist advisors are on constant standby to supervise substrate preparation, application, inspection, and approval of coating work.

Through our SIGMA COLOR NETWORK centers, PPG is able to offer our most popular coatings in an extensive range of colors. A state-of-the-art color identification system and an advanced blending process ensure that all tinted coatings meet the internationally recognized and registered colors and that deliveries match corporate livery or owner preferences. Every mixed color is registered, guaranteeing that new deliveries will be an exact match. This is especially crucial in areas where colored coatings are used to express a company’s identity.

SIGMA COLOR NETWORK centers can be found in all key ports, so we can deliver at any time no matter where our customers lay up their vessels. 

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