HOLLAND AMERICA ACHIEVES 78% CO2 EMISSIONS CUT

Sep 20, 2022 | Marine fuel & lubricant news

Carnival cruise brand Holland America Line has completed what it believes to be the cruise industry’s first multiweek test of biofuels in a 20-day test conducted in partnership with  producer and supplier of sustainable biofuels GoodFuels and Wärtsilä.

The ship Volendam was bunkered at the Port of Rotterdam. In the first five days of the test the ship used a mix of 30% biofuel and 70% (MGO) in one of its engines. According to GoodFuels, the final 15 days of the trial showed a 78% decrease in lifecycle CO2 emissions compared to marine gas oil emissions.

Gus Antorcha, president Holland America Line, said: “We were excited to have this opportunity to test a next-generation fuel resource on a Holland America Line ship, and we are very encouraged by the results. As part of our commitment to sustainability, we have always looked for cutting-edge solutions to environmental challenges that will help us meet Carnival Corporation’s sustainability goals over the coming decades.”

The Dutch-flagged Volendam was selected for the test since it was located at the Port of Rotterdam, one of the global ports where GoodFuels operates the infrastructure necessary to provide biofuel waterside fuelling services. There is no significant difference for the ship’s team members in handling regular fuel oil versus biofuel. The use of a ‘drop-in’ biofuel such as the one tested on Volendam requires no shipboard refitting or special equipment. GoodFuels’ advanced biofuel is derived from feedstocks that are certified as 100% waste or residue, with no land-use issues and no competition with food production or deforestation.

Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO and founder of GoodFuels, said: “Marine biofuel is already the biggest low carbon marine fuel in the world and we expect usage to rise sharply to 10% of total volume by 2030.”

Ricardo Opperman, MD Wärtsilä North America, said: “Our extensive work in testing alternative marine fuels is a central part of our efforts to shape viable decarbonisation options for our customers. We are continuously developing our engine technology to accept and retain operational and environmental efficiency levels with various future fuels, including biofuels. These sea trials with 100% biofuel will be especially important — for Carnival Corporation, for GoodFuels, for Wärtsilä, and for the industry as a whole.”

Holland America Line is the first Carnival Corporation brand to run a long-term 100% biofuel shipboard test. Carnival Corporation’s German brand AIDA also partnered with GoodFuels in July to run a blended biofuel test on board AIDAprima in Rotterdam. While biofuels have been tested on large diesel engines at shoreside research facilities and on a few cargo ships, these represented the first live tests on working cruise ships.

The two brands’ biofuel tests support the overall environmental mission, goals and aspirations of Carnival Corporation. Those include achieving a 40% reduction in carbon per available lower-berth-day by 2030; expanding its alternative fuels strategy across its LNG programme and battery, fuel cell and biofuel capabilities; delivering a 50% reduction in absolute air emissions of particulate matter by 2030; and the aspiration to achieve net carbon neutral operations by 2050.

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