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CMA CGM to test sustainable marine biofuel oil

Thu 14 Mar 2019 by Rebecca Moore

CMA CGM to test sustainable marine biofuel oil
CMA CGM, IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, GoodShipping Program and the Port of Rotterdam are testing marine biofuel oil in a landmark bunkering on a CMA CGM container vessel (credit: CMA CGM)

CMA CGM is co-operating in a first-of-its kind partnership to test sustainable marine biofuel oil.

The shipping line has joined forces with IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, GoodShipping Program and the Port of Rotterdam to test and scale the use of this alternative fuel. The test will commence with a landmark bunkering of the marine biofuel oil on a CMA CGM container vessel on 19 March.

The test is being facilitated by the GoodShipping Program, a sustainable initiative dedicated to decarbonising ocean freight, and is the latest step in scaling low carbon marine biofuel oils for wider commercial use within the maritime industry. 

The sustainable marine biofuel oil has been developed by GoodFuels after three years of intensive testing with marine engine manufacturers. The second-generation biofuel oil is completely derived from forest residues and waste oil products and is expected to deliver 80-90% well-to-propeller CO2 reduction versus fossil equivalents, and virtually eliminates sulphur oxide emissions without requiring engine modifications.

Through this collaboration, the partnership aims to demonstrate the scalability, sustainability and technical compliance of marine biofuel oil, and spur the continued development of realistic options to curb greenhouse gas and sulphur oxide emissions from shipping. 

CMA CGM Ships vice president Xavier Leclercq said “Having an HFO-equivalent solution in biofuel oil available with no engineering or operational changes required to our vessel offers a safe, manageable and innovative opportunity to facilitate shipping’s wider transition to new fuel solutions.”

IKEA Global Transport & Logistics Services head of sustainability Elisabeth Munck af Rosenschöld said “Through our pilot we want to show that the means for decarbonisation in terms of alternative fuels are available. We have a responsibility to do our part to reduce the impact of our ocean freight. Through our participation we send a signal to our customers and the ocean industry on our commitment to decarbonise. Only through collaboration can we achieve rapid, necessary change. With a successful pilot completed, our intention is to put the equivalent of at least all our containers out of Rotterdam on biofuel.”

The GoodShipping Program chief executive Dirk Kronemeijer said “…Together we send a very clear message: sustainable biofuels are ready today, and we can meet the pathways laid out by IMO in a manner that is attractive to major cargo owners such as IKEA.” 

Port of Rotterdam chief executive Allard Castelein added "The Port of Rotterdam considers this initiative by IKEA, CMA CGM and GoodShipping to be a strong rallying cry to the shipping industry. This bunkering shows that decarbonisation of sea trade is well achievable. It’s clear that shippers play an important role in decarbonising the industry. In Rotterdam the necessary infrastructure is available.”

Port of Rotterdam has just started a four-year period during which it has €5.0M (US$5.7M) to spend on stimulating specific projects to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the global shipping industry.

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