Stolt Tankers, GIT Sign Marine Coating Agreement
Sustainable coatings company Graphite Innovation and Technologies (GIT) recently signed a two-year agreement with Stolt Tankers to apply its graphene-based marine coating to ship propellers later this year.
According to the release, GIT’s XGIT-PROP is an eco-friendly product that reduces marine growth and improves propulsion efficiency while ensuring no harmful toxins or biocides are released into the ocean. Stolt will reportedly be the first chemical tanker company to apply the coating to its fleet.
XGIT-PROP is a graphene-based propeller coating that is designed to release the growth of fouling on ship propellers and reduce the frequency of propeller “polishings” or cleanings after two to three coats.
Additionally, it maintains the propulsive efficiency of the propeller and reduces damage due to cavitation, lowering noise emissions.
Previously, Stolt Tankers completed a trial of the GIT graphene propeller coating on the Stolt Acer in April 2022. The company noted a significant reduction in fuel consumption and subsequently applied the coating to five additional ships.
GIT adds that it is expected the coating will reduce biofouling impact and noise emissions from the company’s ships, helping to lower the impact to life below water while improving fuel efficiency. Stolt also reports that the application supports its decarbonization ambitions and reinforces the company’s commitment to sustainability.
“This collaboration represents our continued focus on decarbonization. We have several sustainability ambitions and see GIT’s propeller coatings as a simple way to maximize fuel savings and minimize emissions,” said Jose Gonzalez Celis, Energy and Conservation Manager at Stolt Tankers.
“The shipping industry needs innovators like GIT to help drive change and make a significant positive impact on our oceans. Our agreement with GIT will mean we can protect our oceans without compromising operational efficiency. This is an exciting move forward for our company.”
The two-year agreement, announced earlier this month, will see the XGIT-PROP graphene-based marine coating to the propellers of 25 Stolt Tankers ships during 2023.
“I can’t say enough about the Stolt Tankers team and their desire to achieve their ambitious sustainability goals. Our XGIT-PROP puts this desire into action,” stated Mo AlGermozi, Co-founder and CEO at GIT.
“They were able to measure significant improvement in fuel efficiency while ensuring they help maintain healthy and vibrant oceans. GIT is honored to partner with Stolt Tankers in supporting their green shipping activities in our oceans.”
Stolt Tankers reportedly operates a fleet of more than 160 chemical tankers, providing global transportation services for bulk liquid chemicals, edible oils, acids and clean petroleum products.