Who we are


SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden

Short name: SP
Type: RTD

The RISE institutes Innventia, SP and Swedish ICT have merged in order to become a stronger research and innovation partner for businesses and society. SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden will continue under its existing Corporate Identity Number 556464-6874. The process of changing business name is under way, but until the amendments are approved and registered by the Swedish Companies Registration Office, we will continue to write quotes, contracts, agreements and other legal documents using the current company name.

SP Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut AB (SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden AB) is owned by RISE Research Institutes of Sweden Holding AB under the Ministry of Industry. SP is the national institute for technical evaluation, research, testing, certification, metrology and calibration and is working closely with large and small companies, universities, institutes of technology and other organisations. SP’s activities cover a wide technical range, with about 30 technology areas organised in eight inter-working technical departments. We are some 1200 co-workers who base our services on competence, efficiency, impartiality and international acceptance. SP’s headquarters are located in Borås, close to Gothenburg on the West Coast of Sweden.
Role in the project: SP will be responsible for administrative and technical coordination of the LEAF project. SP will also play a key role in and lead the Testing of developed antifouling coating system (WP 3) and the Sustainability assessment (WP 5). Moreover, SP will also contribute in many other WPs (WP2, WP4, WP5, and WP6).


University of Gothenburg

Short name: UGOT
Type: RTD

The University of Gothenburg has approximately 37,000 students and 5,000 employees. It is one of the major universities in northern Europe. We are also one of the most popular universities in Sweden – the University of Gothenburg has the highest number of applicants to many programmes and courses. The University’s roughly 40 different Departments cover most scientific disciplines, making it one of Sweden’s broadest and most wide-ranging higher education institutions. In an international perspective too, the University of Gothenburg is unusually comprehensive, with cutting-edge research in a number of dynamic research areas. Cooperation with Chalmers University of Technology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, society at large and trade and industry has been consistently strengthened and intensified over recent years, as have international contacts and collaborative projects with partners abroad.

Role in the project:
UGOT will lead the Dissemination training (WP 6). UGOT will also play a key role in Optimisation of antifouling biocide package (WP 1) and Testing of developed antifouling coating system (WP 3). Moreover, UGOT will also contribute in WP5 and WP4.


University of Portsmouth

Short name: UOP

Type: RTD
United Kingdom

The mission of the University of Portsmouth is to be a center of excellence and innovation in education, research, quality of student experience, and the preparation of students for their future. Research at the University of Portsmouth is world-class – with an average 40 per cent of the research rated internationally excellent or world-leading and 78 per cent rated internationally recognised or above. The research funding that follows from this performance increased by 13 per cent, above the national average of 8 per cent. Results of the last research assessment exercise showed that research based in the Schools of Earth and Environmental Sciences and in Biological Sciences, was rated as 45 per cent internationally excellent or world-leading and 90 per cent internationally recognised or above. There was a major increase in funding.

Role in the project:
UOP will lead and play a key role in the Optimisation of antifouling biocide package (WP 1) and will contribute in many other WPs such as Testing of developed antifouling system (WP 3) principally by field test facility at UOP and bioassay tests.


Community of European shipyards association

Short name: CESA
Type: Representative Organisation

Business area Founded in 1937, the Association of Western European Shipbuilders (AWES) merged with the Committee of EU Shipbuilders’ Associations (CESA) in May 2004 to form the Community of European Shipyards’ Associations (CESA). CESA, representing the shipyards in 15 European countries, covers 99% of the EU shipbuilding production and more than 85% of wider geographical Europe. European shipyards offer products in three areas: construction of merchant vessels, repair and conversion and naval production. CESA members provide jobs for about 140,000 highly skilled employees. Through its R&D working group COREDES, CESA has been for many years actively contributing to the shaping of the European waterborne R&D policy, e.g. being the secretariat of the MIF-RDSPG and of the WATERBORNE Support Group.

Role in the project:
CESA will play a key role in Dissemination training in (WP 6). Experts from National Shipyards Associations and/or their company members will be invited to contribute to the project. CESA is member of the International Maritime Organization and have NGO status and is participating and providing technical content on regular basis attending the several Committees meetings. CESA delegations to the IMO are formed with professionals in several domains (from shipbuilding to maritime law). The same task force will be made available to the project to tackle all the IMO related issues and the rule making process.


Instituto de Estudos do Mar Almirante Paulo Moreira

Short name: IEAPM

Type: RTD

Plan and implement scientific and technological innovation in the areas of Oceanography, Meteorology, Hydrography, Marine Biology, Marine Geology, Geophysics, Underwater Acoustics, Remote Sensing and Instrumentation, Costal Oceanographic and Ocean Engineering, in order to help develop models methods, systems, equipment, materials and techniques to better understanding andeffective use of the marine environment in the interest of the Navy of Brazil.

Role in the project: The beneficiary is the Brazilian ministry of defence, which will take part in the project via its marine research institute IEAPM. IEAPM will have a key role in the Optimisation of antifouling biocide package (WP 1) and in the Testing of developed antifouling coating systems (WP 3). The field test facility at the research centre has global recognised experience in antifouling testing.


Boero Bartolomeo S.p.A.

Short name: Boero
Type: Industry

The company Boero Bartolomeo S.p.a. was born in 1831 in Genoa. The company is present in the “Housing market” with the brands “Boero”, “Rover”, “Attiva”, “Grandi superfici” and is present in the yacht sector with “Boero Yachtcoatings”, “Veneziani”, “Attiva Marine”. The group is co-leader in Construction (Italy), leader in Yachting (Italy). In 2010 sales volumes of about 27 million litres, with a turnover of around 120 million of Euro. The R&D laboratory of Boero Bartolomeo is spread over an area of approximately 1500 square meters. The centre has organized research units specific to each sector of activity. Two other laboratories carry out a Quality Control and Production in the headquarters of Rivalta Scrivia (AL) and Pozzolo Formigaro (AL). Overall, the Centre employs 50 researchers and technicians, of which 15 graduates in science and it is equipped with modern equipment and scientific equipment for colorimetry, accelerated aging, rheology, spectrophotometry, gas chromatography, and microscopy.

Role in the project:
Boero Bartolomeo will lead and have a key role in Development and formulation of antifouling coating system (WP 2) and will have a key role in Technology demonstration and valiadation (WP 4). Boero Bartolomeo will contribute in other WPs such as in Testing and development of antifouling coating system, with the private field test facility in La Spezia (Italy).


Short name: Entarco
Type: SME

Entarco S.A. is a contract manufacturer of various products, including aerosols, biocides (including insecticides, baits) cosmetics etc., under the brand name of multinational firms as well as local firms. Besides the contract filling, Entarco S.A. offers to its customers R&D services consisting of: development of new formulations, improvement of existing formulations, development of new packaging concepts and industrialization of the concepts, by self-investing in new machinery. The company recognizing the high value of innovation, self-invested in chemical/ technical/medical research during the last 5 years, collaborating with various research organizations. The company has been focusing- in the field of environmentally friendly materials- in the research of various molecules (many of them of natural origin) showing antifouling activity. One of its published discoveries is the use of spinosyns as an antifouling agent.

Role in the project:
Entarco will play a key role in optimisation of antifouling biocide package (WP 1) and in technology demonstration and validation (WP 4). A special importance for this project will be the implementation of some low-release molecule showing antibarnacle activity