In the Netherlands, IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, CMA CGM, the GoodShipping Program and the Port of Rotterdam have announced that the successful bunkering (refuelling) of the CMA CGM White Shark with sustainable marine biofuel oil (BFO) took place on March 23, 2019.
Announced earlier this month, the test, which represents a major step for the decarbonisation of ocean freight, saw the companies work together in a first-of-its-kind partnership for the shipping industry. The CMA CGM White Shark, a 5 095 TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) container vessel, bunkered the biofuel oil on March 23 while calling at the Port of Rotterdam.
Results from the trial will give the maritime sector a vital demonstration into the scalability, sustainability and technical compliance of sustainable marine biofuel oil (BFO). This will benefit all industry stakeholders in their environmental strategies, in line with the impending International Maritime Organisation (IMO) decarbonisation pathway.
The sustainable marine BFO was developed by Netherlands-based GoodFuels, a leading provider of sustainable marine biofuels to the global commercial shipping fleet, after undergoing three years of intensive testing with marine engine manufacturers.
The second-generation bio-fuel oil is completely derived from forest residues and waste used cooking oil (UCO) products, is expected to deliver 80-90 percent well-to-propeller carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction versus fossil equivalents, and virtually eliminates sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions – all without any requirement for engine modifications.
The trial was facilitated by the GoodShipping Program, a sustainable initiative dedicated to decarbonising ocean freight.