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Stolt Tankers launches sustainable biofuel trial on Atlantic crossing

Stolt Tankers is partnering with GoodFuels to trial the use of a marine biofuel produced from sustainable and certified feedstocks. The trial will take place onboard the 37 000 DWT chemical tanker Stolt Inspiration as she travels from Rotterdam, the Netherlands to Houston, Texas (TX) in the United States (US).

Stolt Tankers is partnering with GoodFuels to trial the use of a marine biofuel produced from sustainable and certified feedstocks. The trial will take place onboard the 37 000 DWT chemical tanker Stolt Inspiration as she travels from Rotterdam, the Netherlands to Houston, Texas (TX) in the United States (photo courtesy Stolt Tankers).

A division of Norway-headed Stolt-Nielsen Limited (SNL), a long-term investor and manager of businesses focused on logistics, distribution, and aquaculture, Stolt Tankers operates one of the world’s largest (around 3 million DWT) and most sophisticated fleet of chemical and parcel tankers – 152 vessels of which 70 are deep-sea ships that are seamlessly integrated with regional fleets in Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean; with coastal fleets in Asia; and with inland barging services in Europe and the US Gulf.

The trial is designed to assess the viability of the future use of biofuels in both engines and boilers and will test the fuel’s impact on consumption, power, and reliability.

It supports Stolt Tankers’ focus on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in line with the International Maritime Organization (IMO’s) target to reduce the total annual GHG emissions from international shipping by at least 50 percent by 2050 compared to 2008 levels.

The ship’s management team and crew on board will manage the trial to ensure complete operational safety and optimal performance.

I am excited to see the results of the trial. This is just one of the areas that we are exploring as the industry moves towards a carbon-neutral future. We are committed to working with other leaders to explore innovative technologies including biofuels, hydrogen, wind, ammonia, and methanol, to reduce our environmental footprint while continuing to provide customers with the high-quality service they expect from us, said Lucas Vos, President Stolt Tankers.

Sustainable drop-in fuel

Bunkering for the trial was completed at the end of last week at the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands where Stolt Inspiration bunkered marine biofuel derived from feedstocks such as used cooking oil (UCO), tallow, and waste animal fats.

Supplied by GoodFuels, the fuel has the potential to deliver a well-to-exhaust carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction of between 80 and 90 percent compared to fossil fuel equivalents.

Meeting the strictest sustainability criteria, the biofuel used is functionally equal to petroleum-derived marine fuels, and no modifications to the engine or the fuel infrastructure were required.

We believe passionately in the tanker segment’s sustainability vision, and we’re proving that advanced biofuels can have an immediate impact in reducing emissions. By supplying a credible low-carbon alternative to Stolt Tankers, together we’re marking another vital step towards advancing the uptake of marine biofuels while also supporting the wider maritime industry in meeting its decarbonization goals, said Isabel Welten, Chief Commercial Officer at GoodFuels.

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