Fifty Years of Watching Paint Dry Presented by Dr. Raouf Kattan


In a career spanning almost 50 years, this paper will take a look back at the authors’ efforts to contribute to the marine profession both in academia and industry internationally.

Starting as a deckhand/cadet and working through the shipping and shipbuilding industries to finally focus on shipbuilding and coating engineering for the marine and heavy-duty sectors in particular. The paper will review selected key professional achievements that include work in accuracy control, benchmarking and coating engineering as well as contribution to key US and UK naval projects and international regulations related to coatings.

Key lessons for the industry as a whole will be highlighted, based on his experiences acting as an expert witness on a number of key coating related issues (for example, IMO Performance Standard for Protective Coatings in dedicated seawater ballast tanks).

The paper will review key milestones (highs and lows) throughout a long career both before and during time as founder and Managing Director of Safinah Ltd and the factors and individuals that influenced and motivated a career to take on a challenge for which he was ill prepared.


Dr Raouf Kattan has established a reputation as one of the world's leading consultants and innovators in the engineering of coating systems for marine structures. His career, over 40 years and 30 countries, has been spent in the marine industry working with most of the world's leading shipyards, ship and offshore asset owners, chemical and coatings manufacturers, mega-yacht builders and owners, research and development organisations as well as classification societies, the insurance markets and both the UK and US navies.

When:  Jan 11, 2022 from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM (GB)
Associated with  Western Europe
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Nina Lilley
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