PRIO has announced a new partnership in which it supplied B30 marine biofuel to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings in collaboration with World Fuel Services.
This new fuel, ECO Bunkers B30, is a 30% blend of advanced biofuel from waste feedstocks, produced at PRIO's biodiesel plant and blended at PRIO's tank terminal in Aveiro.
With the support of World Fuel Services, two Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings cruises were supplied with a total of 400 tons of B30.
The first cruise, the Norwegian Star, took advantage of a stopover in Lisbon, to supply 200 tons of ECO Bunkers B30 and the following week, another ship in the fleet, the Norwegian Epic, followed with another 200 tons of ECO Bunkers B30.
Luis Nunes, member of the executive committee of PRIO, said: “Advanced biofuels, produced from residual raw materials, that is, the result of the circular economy, are the solution of the present and that allow us to immediately face to the growing needs of our customers.
“They are drop-in solutions, that is, they did not require any modifications to the engine or tank of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' cruise ships and thus allowed an immediate impact without any need for additional investment in these ships.
“We are going through a crucial moment in the world’s response to climate and biodiversity emergencies, so PRIO believes that we can already accelerate the energy transition if we increase the contribution of advanced biofuels in the maritime sector.”
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