Stena Bulk to perform 100 percent biofuel test run on MR tanker
In the Netherlands, Stena Bulk AB has announced that it will perform a test running on Stena Immortal, a medium-range (MR) tanker, on 100 percent biofuel. The fuel is the MR1-100 bio-fuel oil (BFO), produced from used cooking oil (UCO) and supplied by GoodFuels in the Port of Rotterdam.
The BFO has been bunkered onto the Stena Immortal and will be used to power the main engine in normal operations to test and prove the technical and operational feasibility.
By doing this test we want to contribute to push the industry and pave the way towards more sustainable shipping. We want to be able to offer our customers additional options with less environmental impact in the future and by conducting the trial in normal operations we want to show that being sustainable doesn´t have to interfere with core business said Erik Hånell, President and CEO Stena Bulk.
Part of the Sweden-headed Stena Sphere, Stena Bulk is one of the world’s leading tanker shipping companies. The company controls a combined fleet of around 115 tankers.
Biofuels are compatible with regular fuels but produced from biomass or biowaste instead of fossil oil. While there are many kinds of biofuel Stena Bulk says it is only using second-generation fuel, meaning they are based on waste and thereby do not compete with food production. In this case, the fuel is made from used cooking oil (UCO).
The reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) by using this particular biofuel is around 83 percent. The test run is estimated to reduce the emissions with 690 tonnes from a life cycle perspective, i.e. including production and distribution of the fuel.
Apart from contributing to a large reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions the fuel also emits significantly lower levels of sulphur oxides (SOx) than regular compliant fuels.