23 September 2023
Eastern Pacific Shipping applies propeller graphene coatings across the fleet to reduce emissions and improve CII. The shipping company is working with Graphite Innovation & Technologies to apply sustainable graphene coatings on 15 vessels in 2023-2024
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Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) continues to drive decarbonization by implementing Graphite Innovation & Technologies (GIT) graphene-based, biocide-free propeller coating across its fleet. The extensive application will maximize vessel performance with GIT’s eco-friendly, highly durable, and ultra-low friction foul release coating. This propeller coating – XGIT-PROP – is an extremely effective way to improve and maintain a CII rating over the drydocking cycle.
Stolt Tankers has become the first Chemical Tanker company to apply GIT’s graphene-based propeller coatings to its fleet.
The two companies started working together a year ago. EPS applied XGIT-PROP on the propeller of an LPG tanker, QUEBEC. Since application, the vessel has seen improved vessel performance and has maintained its CII rating. Because of that, EPS decided to expand the adoption of the technology and plans to apply the graphene coatings on 15 vessels drydocking in 2023 and 2024.
XGIT-PROP is a graphene-based eco-friendly propeller coating that improves propulsion efficiency while keeping the propeller surface smooth and free from biofouling. Applying this coating ensures no harmful toxins and biocides are released into the ocean. This adoption supports EPS’s ambitions in reducing GHG emissions and helps the company achieve aggressive sustainability goals.
“The shipping industry needs companies like GIT that are leading the way in sustainable coating solutions. We see GIT’s propeller graphene coatings as part of our portfolio of solutions to achieve long-term fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. We are pushing to make a positive impact on our oceans, and see GIT and their graphene coatings as a key way to do that. This is another sustainable step forward for our company.”Pavlos Karagiannidis, Fleet Optimisation Manager, EPS
As a sustainable coatings company, GIT has developed several marine graphene coatings for fleets that are interested in reducing their impact on the environment while improving vessel performance. GIT’s XGIT-PROP is a 3-layer graphene-based coating technology that is specifically designed to withstand harsh operational conditions. It had a powerful ability to release biofouling while maintaining a smooth surface and reducing the need for propeller ‘polishings’. It also maintains the propulsive efficiency of the propeller and reduces damage due to cavitation, thereby lowering noise emissions.
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“EPS is a valued partner, and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with them over the last year. We are excited they chose to apply XGIT-PROP across selected vessels. This coating is one of the simplest ways to improve and maintain CII while achieving sustainability goals. GIT looks forward to partnering with EPS in supporting their green shipping activities since this helps moves us all that much closer to maritime decarbonization.”Mo AlGermozi, Co-founder and CEO, GIT
With a history spanning 60 years, EPS manages a versatile fleet of 230 vessels and over 22 million deadweight-tonnes across three core segments of containership, dry bulk, and tanker vessels. EPS’ commitment to green technology is a perfect match with GIT’s mission of providing peak vessel efficiency through new and sustainable solutions. This deal establishes a strategic alignment with a focus on sustainability and decarbonization, with the goal being the protection of the world’s oceans through green shipping.
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