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Hurtigruten tests marine HVO that could enable shipping to reduce emissions

On the way to the goal of becoming completely emission-free, Norway-headed Hurtigruten AS has as the first Norwegian cruise line started testing renewable diesel (HVO), which can potentially reduce emissions by up to 95 percent, onboard the MS Polarlys.
"Hurtigruten wants an international ban on the use of cheap, polluting heavy fuel oil the whole Arctic area and along the Norwegian coast," says Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.

Hurtigruten's MS Polarlys bunkering marine HVO in Bergen, Norway (photo courtesy Hanne Taalesen/Hurtigruten).

Hurtigruten’s MS Polarlys bunkering marine HVO in Bergen, Norway (photo courtesy Hanne Taalesen/Hurtigruten).

According to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the global shipping industry consumes over 330 million tonnes of fuel per annum and is estimated to account for 2-3 percent of all global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Biodiesel and renewable diesel (hydrogenated vegetable oil – HVO) can be made from a variety of different primary and secondary feedstock sources such as vegetable oils, used cooking oil (UCO) and animal fat.

Hurtigruten’s cruise vessel MS Polarlys has successfully been testing the use of marine renewable diesel (HVO) made by St1 at its Swedish refinery in Gothenburg, and supplied by Bergen Tankers AS over the last few weeks and will also be testing in the weeks to come.

This is an important step on the way to becoming emission-free in the future the company says.

Biodiesel can in the long run potentially give a CO2-reduction of as much as 95 percent compared to traditional marine fuels. Hurtigruten is testing certified biodiesel that is free of palm oil. The industry needs to start making more sustainable choices and Hurtigruten wants to lead the way, said Daniel Skjeldam, CEO, Hurtigruten.

At the beginning

We are just at the beginning when it comes to using biodiesel in the shipping industry. We want to move the boundaries and learn more about how this can be used on a bigger scale. This can potentially transform the industry, Skjeldam said.

As shipping increases in the Arctic sea areas, emissions do too. But polluting fuels like heavy fuel oil (HFO) are still not banned in these vulnerable areas. Hurtigruten stopped using HFO a decade ago and is working for a global ban.

Hurtigruten wants an international ban on the use of cheap, polluting heavy fuel oil in the whole Arctic area and along the Norwegian coast. It makes no sense to create more pollution and increase the risk of spills and destruction in areas that need to be protected, ended Daniel Skjeldam.

On October 30, 2019, providers and the Norwegian minister for transport oversaw the bunkering of marine HVO in Bergen, Norway. Kristine Vergli Grant-Carlsen (left), CEO, St1; Kjell Olav Haugland, CEO, Bergen Tankers; Jon Georg Dale, Minister of Transport and Daniel Skjeldam, CEO, Hurtigruten (photo courtesy Hurtigruten).

On October 30, 2019, providers and the Norwegian minister for transport oversaw the bunkering of marine HVO in Bergen, Norway. Kristine Vergli Grant-Carlsen (left), CEO, St1; Kjell Olav Haugland, CEO, Bergen Tankers; Jon Georg Dale, Minister of Transport and Daniel Skjeldam, CEO, Hurtigruten (photo courtesy Hurtigruten).

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