ATLANTA - Lonza has received a registration from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the use of its copper Omadine® Antimicrobial as an agent to deter the growth of algae and other foulants on ships. The registration covers the product’s use in marine hull paints that are applied by licensed applicators on U.S. vessels that are 25 or more meters in length.

“This registration means our customers can now provide their latest antifouling paint technology in the United States,” explained Robert Martin, Global Strategic Marketing Manager for Lonza Microbial Control’s Marine Antifouling Paint business. “Many of the new self-polishing paints contain copper Omadine Antimicrobial, the most widely used co-biocide in the world, for marine antifouling paint applications. With this registration, copper Omadine Antimicrobial is now approved for use in all major shipbuilding regions.”