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GoodShipping Program achieves first fossil-free ocean freight

In the Netherlands, the GoodShipping Program has revealed that it has bunkered the first batch of marine biofuels on behalf of cargo owners into a container vessel that otherwise would have entirely run on fossil fuels.

The GoodShipping Program has bunkered the first batch of marine biofuels on behalf of the first “pioneering” cargo owners Tony’s Chocolonely, Dopper, Blygold, Magic Marine and Mystic (photo courtesy GoodShipping Program).

In collaboration with GoodFuels Marine and Samskip, the bunker operation was a hailed a “great success”. The ‘Samskip Endeavour’, a container vessel that carries over 800 containers and normally runs on a combination of fossil fuels like Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) and Marine Gas Oil (MGO), was bunkered with 22 000 litres of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) made from used cooking oil (UCO).

According to GoodShipping, the marine HVO was bunkered on behalf of the first “pioneering” cargo owners Tony’s Chocolonely, Dopper, Blygold, Magic Marine and Mystic. This volume of fuels corresponds with the annual sea freight volumes of GoodShipping’s customers. The biofuels are supplied by GoodFuels Marine and will replace the equivalent volume of HFO.

With this first bunkering, the GoodShipping program has demonstrated that it is possible for cargo owners to influence the carbon footprint of the sea freight in their supply chain. Using the principle of mass balance, any company can join the program and have their sea freight shipped climate-neutral as well as significantly reduced other local emissions like sulphur and particulate matter (PM).

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