The European Commission granted an innovative project intending to develop a biomimetic hull coating that reduces the frictional resistance of ships. The AIRCOAT project promotes a ground-breaking technology that has a high potential to revolutionise the ship coating sector and to be a game-changer for reducing energy consumption and emissions of Europe’s waterborne transport. A team of ten European scientists and industry experts led by the Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Technologies and Services will receive a total grant of 5.3 million Euro to develop and demonstrate the AIRCOAT prototype.