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World’s first dredging vessel powered by 100% bio-fuel oil enters operation

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Dredging services provider Boskalis and biofuels producer GoodFuels have progressed with their ‘Boskalis on Bio’ programme for the testing of sustainable bio-fuel oil.

Following successful tests using drop-in blends of light biofuel and marine gas oil, Boskalis’ Willem van Oranje will become the world’s first dredging vessel to operate on 100% bio-fuel oil. The fuel, which is completely free from sulphur, is made from used cooking oil, resulting in a carbon reduction of 90% compared to conventional fossil fuel.

Launched in 2015, the Boskalis on Bio pilot project aims to realise a substantial reduction in carbon emissions from both its vessels and its dry earthmoving equipment and trucks. Since the programme began, Boskalis has successfully used various biofuel blends in both vessels and trucks.

The 143m-long trailing suction hopper dredger Willem van Oranje, which began service in 2010, has a hopper capacity of 12,000 cubic metres and total installed power of 13,870kW. It can dredge to a depth of 62m and is deployed on some of the most diverse maritime infrastructure projects around the world.