Jan 11, 2022 | Marine fuel & lubricant news

Spliethoff Group’s constant striving to reduce its CO2 emissions has led to two trials using biofuel on its vessels, the first being between June and November 2021 on a heavy lift ship, and the second beginning in December 2021 on a multi-purpose cargo vessel.

First, BigLift Shipping’s BigLift Baffin was supplied with a blend of 50% FAME (Fatty Acid Methyl Ester) based biofuel second generation biofuel, made from waste streams – and 50% conventional HFO. The objective of this trial was to test if biofuel is suitable for use, as yet in combination with HFO, and to determine whether the biofuel can be stored in a bunker tank for a longer period before being used.

The results of this trial proving 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.

Both trials were executed in cooperation with GoodFuels – a Netherlands based global pioneer in sustainable marine fuels.

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