Svitzer to use marine biofuel on tugs along the Thames

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AP Moller-Maersk’s towing subsidiary Svitzer has revealed that following a successful pilot, it will convert its fleet of 10 tugs along the Thames in the UK to be powered by marine biofuel.
Replacing marine fuel oil with the carbon neutral biofuel in London and Medway enables Svitzer to offer a new towage solution – Ecotow – to its customers.
This will unlock about 90% CO2 reduction in Scope 3 emissions from their towage operations.
The company is offering Ecotow both directly in London for customers whose vessels require towage services on the Thames, and for global customers by giving them the opportunity to inset fossil-fuelled towage elsewhere in their value chain.
Svitzer’s five tugs serving the Isle of Grain LNG terminal in the Medway, had been running entirely on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) biofuel since 15 November.
Nicola Duffin, commercial director, Grain LNG said: “We are delighted that the Svitzer fleet servicing the terminal will be running on biofuel. Grain LNG is proud to be working with a partner committed to making the necessary investments to reduce emissions. This is an important step towards achieving carbon neutrality in the sector.”
By January 2022, all 10 of Svitzer’s tugs in London will operate using HVO biofuel, expanding the Ecotow offering even further.
The decision to scale up biofuel use across the London fleet follows the successful completion of the industry-first biofuel trial onboard Svitzer Intrepid, which has been running on biofuel since September 2021.