Jan De Nul Group is using second-generation biofuel for maintenance dredging works in the Port of Hamburg.
This fuel from the Luxembourg firm contains no petroleum, but processed vegetable waste oil as a raw material.
Jan De Nul Nassbaggerei und Wasserbau were awarded an important contract for maintenance dredging works in the Port within the scope of a European award procedure.
Two suction hopper dredgers, Kaishuu and Alexander von Humboldt, will execute these dredging works to ensure accessibility to numerous important terminals in the Port of Hamburg.
Thanks to the use of biofuel during these works, emissions of particulate matter and sulphur compounds were also significantly reduced.
"We have already used this sustainable biofuel for several of our vessels in the Benelux and the UK,” said Michel Deruyck, head of the Energy Department. "Decarbonisation is at the top of Jan De Nul's agenda and is supported throughout the company, both commercially, operationally and technically. We always strive to go beyond what is imposed on us. We're going for zero."
Dredging works are indispensable to ensure the accessibility of the Port of Hamburg and its terminals. This is the only way to ensure that goods can be transported far into the hinterland by sea-going vessels, which are particularly environmentally friendly compared to other modes of transport.
Many hundreds of kilometres that do not have to be travelled by truck or train are a significant contribution to climate protection.
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