Norway-based pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTCs) vessel owner and operator Höegh Autoliners on Monday (22 March) said it accelerated its decarbonisation efforts successfully by completing its first carbon neutral voyage from Europe to South Africa.
During this voyage the New Horizon vessel Höegh Trigger ran on advanced biofuels meeting the highest sustainability standards. The successful trial voyage showed that biofuel is a viable choice for vessels in the fleet, it said.
Höegh Autoliners is working closely with customers and partners in reducing its carbon footprint and supporting customers in decarbonising their logistics supply chain. Using advanced biofuels to run existing fleets has a strong potential to significantly reduce emissions today, while new ship technologies evolve.
“We are committed to leading the way towards a zero emissions future. The success of this trial voyage demonstrates that with the use of alternative fuels like biofuel, we can contribute to significant steps towards decarbonisation in the maritime transportation industry,” said Andreas Enger, CEO at Höegh Autoliners.
“GoodFuels’ biofuel was chosen for the test run as it’s virtually free of sulphur oxides and reduces the vessel’s carbon emissions by up to 90%. The remaining emissions generated were offset through certificates from Gold Standard, to make the voyage truly carbon neutral.”
“We are proud to supply our truly sustainable biofuels. Working with shipping operators like Höegh Autoliners, we contribute to making ocean transport more sustainable and together play an essential role in reducing CO2 emissions in the maritime industry,” added Isabel Welten, Chief Commercial Officer at GoodFuels.
Höegh Autoliners said it operates some of the greenest and largest PCTC vessels in the world: The New Horizon series can transport up to 8500 car equivalent units and were designed to minimise its impact on the environment. The vessels are equipped with the latest fuel-saving technologies, reducing CO2 emissions per car equivalent unit by 50% compared with standard car carriers.
Höegh Autoliners aims to contribute to sustainable development by operating as a socially responsible shipping company, actively integrating social and environmental concerns in business operations.
As a patron of the UN Global Compact Action platform for sustainable ocean business, Höegh Autoliners is committed to conducting business in a safe, responsible and transparent manner.
To support a more sustainable maritime industry, Höegh Autoliners works with organisations that drive sustainable development initiatives: Höegh Autoliners is a member of Clean Cargo.
This business leadership initiative is dedicated to reducing the environmental impacts of global goods transportation, promoting responsible shipping, supporting clean oceans, healthy port communities and global climate goals.
Additionally, Höegh Autoliners is one of the founding members of the Trident Alliance, a coalition of shipping owners and operators who share a common interest in robust enforcement of maritime Sulphur regulations.
Photo credit: Höegh Autoliners
Published: 25 March, 2021
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