Dr Raouf Kattan

Dr Raouf Kattan, Director
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    Naval Architect
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Dr Kattan has a background in academia, seafaring, shipping, shipbuilding and naval architecture and has a specialist knowledge of coatings.

He has worked with many leading shipbuilders and shipowners (commercial and naval) on coating issues from design to production with a focus on improving productivity in coating processes.

Working with ship owners and shipbuilders  he has developed a performance specification approach to enable the correct technical assessment of alternative paint scheme proposals. He has worked with all the world’s leading coatings companies and headed the product development teams of a multinational company.

Working with major raw material suppliers and equipment manufacturers he has enabled them to establish the added value of their products. He heads the work that Safinah undertakes for investment houses and venture capital firms seeking to make investments in core Safinah markets.

Dr Kattan has worked on a variety of offshore and industrial projects, including catastrophic coating failures on offshore platforms and offshore wind-turbines.

Dr Kattan is increasingly sought to give expert advice on coating matters in Arbitration

  • Inaugural Chairman of IMO the IMO Advisory Council for NACE 2010 – 2013
  • Manager of the Marine Coating Group on Linkedin
  • Member of STG 44- Marine Corrosion Ship and Structure
  • Member of TEG181X Marine Vessel Corrosion


Cure or Curse. Marine Coating Standards and Specifications

An exploration of some of the issues that arise due to the use of standards in the development and implementation of paint specifications for ships for maintenance and repair activities.

By Dr Raouf Kattan, 2017


Foreign Shipyard Coatings Benchmarking Study

Voted one of the significant papers of 2016 by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME)

By Dr Raouf Kattan, 2015


Drones Project

Research Project: Remote Evaluation of Coatings and Corrosion on Offshore Marine Structures / Ships

By Dr Raouf Kattan, 2016


The Pitfalls of New Material Product Development

Presentation given at The Royal Society of Chemistry, London.
16th March 2015

By Dr Raouf Kattan, 2015


Optimizing The Coating Process to Improve Ship Production Output and Through-Life Performance

Presentation given at NACE conference, Kyoto.

By Dr Raouf Kattan and Darren Broderick, 2013


Causes of Coating Failure

Presentation given at NACE conference, Canada.

By Dr Raouf Kattan, 2013



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