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Samskip Endeavour sets sail into a fossil-free short-sea future

The Netherlands-headed global multimodal logistics company Samskip Multimodal BV (Samskip) has announced that it has increased its commitment to greener shipping by prioritizing biofuels on its sailings, following recent efforts with a series of customer projects to advance the use of carbon-neutral biofuel as part of its logistics services. The Samskip Endeavour is now the first vessel in the company’s fleet to solely use sustainable biofuels for freight transport by short sea.

The Samskip Endeavour is now the first Samskip Multimodal BV (Samskip) vessel to solely use sustainable biofuels for freight transport by short sea (photo courtesy Samskip).

The ‘Samskip Endeavour’, an 800 Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) capacity containership that normally runs on traditional fuels, will as of today, run fully on biofuels on all of its sailings.

By bunkering sustainable biofuels, Samskip enables cargo owners to reduce their ocean carbon footprint significantly in their supply chains.

In 2018, it was also the Samskip Endeavour that was the first-ever vessel to be biofuel-bunkered through the GoodShipping initiative, to demonstrate the viability of biofuels as a marine fuel alternative.

According to Chief Operating Officer Frédéric Leca at Samskip, the Samskip Endeavour can save over 36 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) on a single sailing from Rotterdam, the Netherlands to Hull, UK when fully utilized.

This demonstrates that freight owners play an important role in reducing CO2 in the shipping industry. This announcement marks yet another important milestone in our journey beyond the fossil default, said Frédéric Leca.

Made from sustainable waste streams, the fossil-free bio-residual fuel equivalent product has proved to be a successful substitute for conventional marine fuels which can be used without making any modifications to the engine. demonstrating the viability of biofuels as a marine alternative to fossil fuels.

Today, Samskip accelerates and expands the use of biofuel in the shipping industry. This green way forward demonstrates our dedication to serve our customers in their needs for sustainable shipping. By introducing biofuels as a standard on the Samskip Endeavour, we take yet another step toward making green logistics easy. This second-generation 100 percent biofuel will reduce carbon emissions by at least 80 percent on any given lane, as compared to traditional fossil fuels. By shipping with Samskip, our customers are taking an active part in the decarbonization of shipping – and our efforts to provide green and clean shipping will only increase the coming months and years, said Ólafur Orri Ólafsson, Head of Sustainable Development at Samskip.

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