Tanker operator Stolt Tankers said that it has become the first shipping company in the world to apply graphene coating technology to the hull of one of its chemical tankers, Stolt Lotus.
In early November, the 30,000-deadweight tonne Stolt Lotus was drydocked in China for five days where the hull coating was applied. It is expected to last for approximately ten years, with an evaluation at five years to confirm if any maintenance is required.
The X-GIT FUEL graphene technology, developed by Graphite Innovation & Technologies (GIT) Coatings, is a hard foul-release hull coating that creates an ultra-low friction surface to increase vessel performance, without the use of biocides, silicon oils or toxic components.
The coating is expected to provide fuel savings of between five and seven percent by decreasing the friction between the hull and the water and removing marine growth as the ship travels, the company said.
This latest application follows Stolt Tankers’ work with GIT Coatings earlier this year to apply the graphene coating to the propellors of more than 40 ships – another world first.