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BMW Group continues bio fuel oil bunker tests with UECC to transport its cars

10 Jun 2020

European vehicle logistics provider UECC (United European Car Carriers) on Tuesday (9 June) said it has partnered with car manufacturer BMW Group to continue to test marine Bio Fuel-Oil (BFO) on UECC’s ‘roll on, roll off’ (ro-ro) car carrying vessels. 

BMW Group will be joining the previously announced trial with the GoodShipping Program , where BFO is being tested on UECC’s 140m, 2,080-vehicle carrier M/V Autosky.

By covering the fuel premium for a biofuel volume corresponding to BMW Group’s freight that will be shipped on M/V Autosky during the trial period, BMW Group will be able to claim a CO2 emission reduction of 80 to 90% for these shipments, totalling more than 400 tonnes of carbon, said UECC.  

BMW Group’s participation in the project marks yet another significant step in the advancement of marine biofuel and climate friendly vehicle transportation, and contributes to enabling the continuation of biofuel deliveries to UECC after the trial period.

The first volume of biofuel was delivered to M/V Autosky on 16 March in the Port of Rotterdam. 

M/V Autosky is currently testing BFO on the route between Zeebrugge, Belgium and Santander, Spain. 

The BFO – based on cooking oil – being used for this trial was supplied by the leading biofuel company GoodFuels. 

The marine biofuel ‘drops in’ to normal fuel tanks, is virtually sulfur oxide (SOx) free and delivers 80 to 90% well-to-exhaust CO2 reduction versus fossil equivalents. 

The company notes that the joint trial proves that the means to reduce the carbon footprint of transporting goods and vehicles around the world already exist on the market and that second-generation advanced biofuels can be scaled to meet this demand.

“BMW Group’s participation to continue our trial on our ro-ro vessel M/V Autosky should signal to the automotive sector that the means to decarbonise are readily available and that our vessels are equipped to meet this most important of challenges for the shipping industry,” said Daniel Gent, Energy and Sustainability Manager, UECC  

The GoodShipping Program requires shippers to commit to a reduction in their sea freight CO2 emissions, explained UECC.

In the following months, further options for continuing marine biofuel uptake within the ro-ro segment will be pursued, it added. 

Related: Goodfuels to commence Bio-fuel trials with UECC

Photo credit: UECC
Published: 10 June, 2020


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