Sustainable bio-fuel oil testing begins

CMA CGM Bunkering of a new sustainable marine bio-fuel oil will take place on a CMA CGM container vessel. Credit: CMA CGM

The Port of Rotterdam is taking part in a first of its kind partnership to test a new sustainable marine bio-fuel oil in a bid to demonstrate its scaleability and technical compliance and help decarbonise the shipping industry.

Developed by GoodFuels, the second-generation bio-fuel oil is completely derived from forest residues and waste oil products. It is expected to deliver 80-90% well-to-propeller CO2 reduction versus fossil equivalents, and virtually eliminates sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions - without any requirement for engine modifications.

Overseen by project partners,  IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, CMA CGM and the Port of Rotterdam, and facilitated by fourth project partner, the GoodShipping Program, testing will commence with bunkering of the marine bio-fuel oil on a CMA CGM container vessel at the Port of Rotterdam on 19 March.

Elisabeth Munck af Rosenschöld, head of sustainability at IKEA Global Transport & Logistics Services, said: “Through our pilot we want to show that the means for decarbonisation in terms of alternative fuels are available.”

She added: “With a successful pilot completed, our intention is to put the equivalent of at least all our containers out of Rotterdam on biofuel.

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The sustainable marine bio-fuel oil has already undergone three years of intensive testing with marine engine manufacturers.

Allard Castelein, CEO, Port of Rotterdam, added: " This bunkering shows that decarbonisation of sea trade is well achievable.

He said that to support industry decarbonisation initiatives, the port will spend the next four years investing €5m on specific projects to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the global shipping industry.

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