Shipping operator UECC to trial GoodFuels’ marine biofuel

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Norwegian short sea roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) shipping line UECC has partnered with marine biofuel producer GoodFuels to trial biofuel oil on its ro-ro vessel M/V Autosky.

The three-month trial using GoodFuels’ Bio-Fuel Oil (MR1-100, or BFO) will test 3,000 metric tonnes of sustainable biofuel on the vehicle carrier. The bio-bunkering of the vessel, which will take place in the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, will be the first in a series of bunkering operations due to take place between March and May 2020.

The vehicle carrier will test BFO on its normal route between Zeebrugge in Belgium and Santander in Spain. The use of the cleaner burning fuel is expected to result in a reduction of over 6,500 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions on a well-to-wake basis.

GoodFuels’ biofuel can be used as a drop-in replacement for marine diesel, with no modifications to the vessel engine required. Almost all CO2 emissions are eliminated and sulphur oxide emissions are substantially reduced. Due to the absence of sulphur in the fuel, the BFO can also be used to replace distillate fuels.

“At UECC, we pride ourselves on supporting sustainable solutions to the issues that our planet faces,” commented Daniel Gent, energy and sustainability manager at UECC. “We are excited to play a leading role in accelerating sustainable biofuel uptake for the ro-ro segment. This agreement demonstrates our commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of our existing tonnage and further complements the emissions reductions on our existing LNG fleet, as well as our LNG battery hybrid newbuilds.”

Isabel Welten, CCO of GoodFuels, added: “We are proud to be bunkering sustainable marine Bio-Fuel Oil on M/V Autosky, kicking off the first use of low-carbon fuels with our friends and partners at UECC. This trial will help UECC to further prove the applicability and technical suitability of biofuels for the ro-ro segment. Importantly, we also want to prove to leading car manufacturers that biofuels are a great way to immediately decarbonise their cargo and help change the sector for the better.”

Following the three-month trial, UECC and GoodFuels will consider further options for continuing the uptake of marine biofuel within the ro-ro sector.