Stolt Tankers opts for graphene-based coating for tankers
Following a successful trial in 2022, Stolt Tankers has signed a two-year agreement to apply an innovative graphene-based marine coating to the propellers of 25 of its vessels in 2023.
The graphene-based propeller coating, XGIT-PROP, has been developed by a Canadian cleantech company, Graphite Innovations & Technology. The company claims that the product inhibits biofouling and improves propulsion efficiency without the use of biocides.
In April 2022, Stolt Tankers completed a trial of the GIT graphene propeller coating on the Stolt Acer. The company noted a significant reduction in fuel consumption and subsequently applied the coating to five additional ships. It is expected the coating will reduce biofouling impact and underwater radiated noise emissions from the company’s ships, in addition to improving fuel efficiency.