Spliethoff Group has begun trials using biofuel on its vessels in its drive to reduce its CO2 emissions.
The first trial took place between June and November last year on BigLift Shipping’s HTV BigLift Baffin.
The vessel was supplied with a blend of 50% FAME based biofuel – a second generation biofuel, made from waste streams – and 50% conventional HFO. The objective of this trial was to test if biofuel was suitable for use in combination with HFO and to determine whether the biofuel could be stored in a bunker tank for a longer period before being used.
Since the results of this trial were positive on both points, the next step was to test the use of 100% biofuel.
This step started in Amsterdam on 13 December when Spliethoff’s MPP vessel Flevogracht was bunkered with 100% FAME based biofuel.
Once these tests have been completed successfully, Spliethoff Group will be able to offer clients the option to use biofuels for certain trades and projects which inherently gives the possibility of emission reduction in logistics.
“We look forward to sailing onwards on the road to sustainability in the years to come,” a spokesman said.
Both trials were executed in cooperation with GoodFuels – a Netherlands based global pioneer in sustainable marine fuels.
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