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Samskip starts biofuel trial on Samskip Innovator

The Netherlands-headed global multimodal logistics company Samskip Multimodal BV (Samskip) has announced that another vessel in its fleet will sail on marine biofuel. Following the Samskip Endeavour that will use sustainable biofuels as its new standard, Samskip is further strengthening its commitment to greener shipping by bunkering the M/V Samskip Innovator with biofuel.

Following the Samskip Endeavour that will use sustainable biofuels as its new standard, Samskip Multimodal BV (Samskip) has now started a biofuel trial with the M/V Samskip Innovator (photo courtesy Samskip).

Like the Samskip Endeavour, the Samskip Innovator too is an 800 Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) capacity containership that normally runs on traditional fuel. The Samskip Innovator has now started a trial to run on biofuel until mid-December 2021.

The usage of biofuel on the vessel will be extended subject to a successful trial run.

The biofuel, MDF1-100, is produced from used cooking oil (UCO), which can now serve as raw materials for high-quality sustainable biofuels, and is supplied by longtime partner GoodFuels.

The number 100 stands for the proportion made from renewable raw materials, meaning that MDF1-100 consists of 100 percent organic waste products.

We are highly motivated to reduce our carbon footprint and are taking concrete actions. By using biofuels on a larger scale, we are putting old oils to climate-friendly use. By saving more than 80 percent on CO2 emissions compared to conventional fossil fuels, the reduction of the emission is substantial. Making use of this sustainable marine biofuel is the future-proof way to go. We call out all carriers in our industry to take concrete actions to reduce their carbon footprint, no matter how big or small it might be. Only together can we achieve a better future for our planet, said Frédéric Leca, Chief Operating Officer at Samskip.

The announcement comes at a time when the industry is shifting from traditional fuels to greener alternatives in order to become more sustainable and move towards decarbonization.

With scalability, sustainable marine biofuel allows carriers to effectively comply with future regulations on carbon reduction by 2030 and 2050.

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