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Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) is working with Graphite Innovation & Technologies to apply sustainable coating on 15 vessels in 2023-2024. June 28, 2023 (Halifax, Canada and Singapore) — 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 CII rating over the drydocking cycle. 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 coating on 15 vessels drydocking in 2023 and 2024. XGIT-PROP is a graphene-based eco-friendly propeller coating that improves propulsion efficiency while keeping 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.

On International Day for Women in Maritime, Dane Treasure, a third year marine engineering cadet at Caribbean Maritime University, writes on how she draws inspiration in what remains a heavily male-dominated industry.

Females have always been a minority in the maritime industry. Besides, many are still of the belief that maritime is a man’s world and females have no business there.

In recent years, there has been a gradual shift in attitudes and a growing recognition of women’s contributions in the maritime industry. More females are breaking the barriers and excelling in various roles in the industry. This progress not only highlights the push towards gender inclusivity in the sector but also that females are equally capable and deserving of opportunities in this field.

As a future marine engineer, I draw inspiration from women who have defied societal expectations and are making their mark in maritime. Their successes prove that our gender should never be a hindrance to pursuing our passions and aspirations. It motivates me to continue striving for excellence in my chosen field regardless of people thinking that it may not be my “right fit” because of my gender.

I believe that women play a key role in every industry as we bring unique perspectives and strengths. The maritime industry is no different. Promoting gender equality, fosters innovation, collaboration and problem-solving, which leads to a more successful and progressive maritime industry. This also serves as an inspiration to future generations of women to pursue their dreams fearlessly. Females are vital to the development of the maritime industry.

As a future marine engineer, I am proud to be part of this positive change and I look forward to a future where gender is no longer a determining factor in one’s career prospects within the maritime industry or any industry at that.

As we celebrate this year’s International Day for Women in Maritime, let us all be inspired by the continued success of women in maritime.

Women in maritime can!

Last month, Council of Marine Professional Associates met with Rebecca Bowers, Industry Liase/FIN Coordinator with the Association for New Canadians and AXIS Career Services. We worked with Rebecca to support newly landed Ukrainian Seafarers in gaining employment in the marine sector. Through this partnership, to date, all of the seafarers have successfully gained employment with the support of Transport Canada. We are pleased to be a part of this project.

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