Langh Ship and the Dutch chartering Samskip have agreed to switch to biofuel operations for the 750 TEU container vessel Edith.
Biofuels are a key component in Samskip’s strategy for decarbonising its shipping activities. Edith is currently employed on a shortsea liner service between the Netherlands and the UK.
Last autumn IMO introduced new carbon intensity measures to improve the short-term energy efficiency of vessels and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
A carbon intensity indicator (CII) must be calculated and reported, determining the annual reduction factor needed to ensure the continuous improvement of a ship’s operational carbon intensity.
Laura Langh-Lagerlöf, managing director of Langh Ship, explains that the transition to biofuel will have a decisive impact to comply with the new IMO regulations.
”We used to operate the vessel on low sulphur, intermediate fuel oil, IFO 80. A main advantage of changing to biofuel is that it generates no fossil carbon emissions. Therefore, we are able to comply with the new CII-regulations,” she said.
Samskip head of fleet management – vessel, Erik Hofmeester said: “Samskip is committed to achieving its sustainability targets as outlined in our latest sustainability report.
“We have always practiced what we have preached because sustainability is in our DNA, and we are invested in the future; the future for green logistics, our planet, our economy and next generation seafarers. The use of biofuels today is instrumental for achieving such goals and Samskip will continue to be at the cutting edge of such initiatives.”
Following biofuel trials in 2019, Samskip has gradually increased the number of ships in their fleet running the main engines with biofuel. Including Edith, there are now five vessels in the Samskip-fleet operation on biofuel. Bunkering of all vessels takes place in Rotterdam.
The fuel used is designated MDF1-100 and supplied by GoodFuels. It is formulated entirely from sustainable waste streams from the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive list. It has also earned International Sustainability & Carbon Certification.
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