Skip to content

Stolt Tankers introduces barge operation in Port of Houston

Read Time: 2 mins

In a groundbreaking development for the maritime industry, Stolt Tankers has introduced a barge operation in the Port of Houston that is revolutionizing ship cargo handling and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This innovative solution has caught the attention of industry experts, who are lauding Stolt Tankers for their commitment to sustainability and operational efficiency.

By deploying three dedicated barges, Stolt Tankers has successfully eliminated the need for their ships to wait for the terminal to be ready to receive cargo. Instead, the barges efficiently offload the cargo during idle periods and transport it to the terminal at the next available opportunity. This streamlined process has significantly reduced the average duration of Stolt Tankers’ ships’ port stays by an impressive three days, thereby reducing fuel consumption by an average of 1.7 percent.

The positive environmental impact of this barge operation is equally impressive. Stolt Tankers’ dedication to sustainability is evident as they have managed to achieve a remarkable 6,585-tonne reduction in their ships’ CO2 emissions in 2022 alone. It is worth noting that the barges emitted 2,508 tonnes of CO2 during the same period. However, the net reduction of 4,077 tonnes clearly demonstrates the potential of this scalable solution to contribute to a greener shipping industry.

Bharat Nayar, Stolt Tankers’ Business Partner for Sustainability and Decarbonisation, is enthusiastic about the success of this barge operation and its potential for further expansion. With plans to increase their fleet of barges in Houston and explore similar operations in other ports, Stolt Tankers is poised to make a significant impact on sustainability efforts within the industry.

Beyond the environmental benefits, this innovative solution also allows Stolt Tankers to offer more efficient services to their customers. By enabling ships to rapidly navigate out of the harbor and return to sea, Stolt Tankers is setting a new standard for operational excellence in the shipping industry.

Industry experts recognize Stolt Tankers as a true champion of sustainability and innovation. Their commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving operational efficiency, and providing top-notch services to their customers sets a shining example for the maritime industry as a whole. As the industry continues to evolve and address sustainability challenges, Stolt Tankers’ barge operation in the Port of Houston serves as an inspiration for other companies to embrace innovative solutions that benefit both the environment and their business operations.

For more information visit