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Finnlines Implements Graphene Hull Coating to Slash Fuel Consumption and Emissions

Finnlines, in partnership with GIT Coatings, is accelerating its decarbonization efforts by adopting XGIT-FUEL, an innovative graphene-based hard foul release hull coating, across its ro-ro and ro-pax fleets. Starting with their first vessel in 2022, Finnlines has already applied this high-performance hull coating to four vessels as part of a recently signed fleet agreement, reducing fuel consumption and emissions by around 7% compared to previously used coating.

Over the past decade, Finnlines has invested significantly in its sustainability initiatives, dedicating hundreds of millions of euros to enhancing vessel performance and reducing carbon emissions. These investments have included the introduction of new, more efficient vessels and the upgrading of existing ones with advanced energy-saving technologies.

Thomas Doepel, VP and Deputy CEO at Finnlines, commented on the initiative: “Our commitment to sustainability is at the forefront of every decision we make. By integrating XGIT-FUEL into our fleet, we are not only reducing costs and advancing our environmental goals but also setting a new standard in the industry for environmental responsibility.”

XGIT-FUEL is a biocide-free, hard foul release coating that offers an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional toxic anti-fouling and soft-foul release hull coatings. In addition to reducing vessel drag, it incorporates graphene to enhance resistance to mechanical damage, making it more suitable for vessels sailing in icy conditions, and it can be cleaned without affecting the surface of the coating.

Maiko Arras, the Director of Business Development at GIT, stated, “Finnlines has been a great partner for us in many ways, and their openness to sharing data from their vessels has given us the opportunity to further validate the benefits of the coating. It has become clear that Finnlines has reduced fuel consumption and carbon emissions by around 7% compared to the previous coatings on the vessels whose hulls have been coated with XGIT-FUEL”.

The application of XGIT-FUEL aligns with Finnlines’ broader strategy to enhance operational efficiency and sustainability, particularly under tightening regulatory conditions. The company plans to continue its partnership with GIT Coatings in the coming years, extending the use of XGIT-FUEL to additional vessels within its fleet, thus reinforcing its commitment to environmental stewardship and regulatory compliance.

Finnlines (Finnlines Plc, www.finnlines.com) is a leading shipping operator of freight and passenger services in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the Bay of Biscay. The company is a part of the Grimaldi Group, one of the world’s largest operators of ro-ro vessels and the largest operator of the Motorways of the Sea in Europe for both passengers and freight.

GIT Coatings (Graphite Innovation & Technologies Inc, www.gitcoatings.com) is a Canadian company developing sustainable graphene-based hull and propeller coatings. With a commitment to delivering environmentally friendly, efficient, and economically viable solutions, the company is helping ship owners achieve sustainability goals by enhancing vessel performance while reducing emissions to air and water.
Source: GIT Coatings

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