Last week representatives from Stolt Tankers joined the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) at its International Conference: Scaling Decarbonisation Solutions – Reducing Emissions by 2030, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Stolt Tankers’ Energy and Conservation Manager, Jose Gonzalez Celis delivered a well-received presentation that explored the role of graphene in the industry’s decarbonisation efforts and how Stolt Tankers is trialing this new technology in its own fleet.
Jose said: “Graphene’s non-toxic and anti-bacterial properties create new opportunities for application in fields like hull coating. Graphene films can be used to cover hull surfaces, reducing both micro- and macro-fouling. This will be an important technology to develop as the shipping industry moves to meet the new Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) regulations which come into force next year.”
The main theme of the conference was to ask those in the industry ‘What will be your scalable solution for this decade?’ It was run jointly by RINA and the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping (MMMCZCS). Stolt Tankers is a partner of the centre and our team that includes members of RINA was pleased to be involved in discussions about the scalability of current technologies and the policies that will transform the shipping industry.
Stolt Tankers also hosted a networking event during the conference, giving delegates the opportunity to discuss the topics and issues raised in an informal setting.