LDC successfully completes shipment trial using biofuel  

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Louis Dreyfus Company announced the successful completion of a biofuel trial.
This was carried out in collaboration with Wisby Tanker AB, Sweden on one of LDC’s upgraded Juice vesselsMV Essayra.
The company used a B30 biofuel-blended marine fuel for the first time to sail from LDC’s terminal in Ghent, Belgium, to LDC’s other terminal in Santos, Brazil, and back again.

“As part of LDC’s journey to help shape a net-zero economy, we are committed to contributing to shipping industry decarbonization through a range of actions and initiatives - including to explore alternative fuel solutions,” said Sébastien Landerretche, LDC’s global head of freight.
“Result of the coordination between LDC’s Carbon Solutions, Freight and Juice platforms, as well as Wisby Tanker, this successful first trial reflects LDC’s ambition and know-how in the field, and our collaborative approach to tackling the industry’s energy transition.”

A variety of tests were conducted throughout the vessel’s voyage to measure the impact of the B30 biofuel blend on the ship’s fuel system and overall performance.
The results show that B30 is a practical and cleaner substitute to traditional Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (VLSFO).
In addition to this biofuel trial, LDC is working on a variety of shipping decarbonisation projects, leveraging technologies such as wind assisted propulsion, solar, batteries and air lubrication, aiming always to improve vessel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions from its shipping.