Copenhagen listed dry cargo and tanker shipping firm Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S on Thursday (29 November) said it has conducted the first ever test voyage of a carbon dioxide (CO2) neutral biofuel product.
The test voyage was conducted in September 2018 in co-operation with Rotterdam-based sustainable fuels company GoodFuels.
GoodFuels’ Bio-Fuel Oil (BFO) delivers near-zero carbon and Sulphur Oxide (SOx) emissions without any requirement for engine modifications.
The test voyage was a ballast trip from Rotterdam in the Netherlands to Tallinn in Estonia, on the 37,000 dwt, 182-meter-long Handysize product tanker vessel Nord Highlander.
To compare how the engine reacted on the biofuel as an alternative to low sulphur fossil fuel, the departure from Antwerp was conducted on fossil fuel.
After a visual inspection of the engine, the vessels switched to biofuel. During the voyage the engine was operated at different loads for sufficiently long periods to establish stable performance.
After the test, a final visual inspection of the engine was conducted, which confirmed that the engine was not negatively affected by the biofuel.
NORDEN says it will continue working with GoodFuels to gain further experience with biofuel as an alternative to low sulphur fossil fuel.
According to GoodFuels, the development is the culmination of three years of extensive research and development with partners including Royal Dutch Boskalis and technology group Wärtsilä.
“The successful operation effectively means that there is the capability to future-proof fuel requirements for shipowners and operators who are seeking an alternative to both distillates and Ultra Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (ULSFO) in order to comply with 2020 0.5% sulphur cap requirements, as well as impending International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction requirements,” it says.
“These requirements include an objective to reduce average carbon intensity from shipping – the amount of carbon emitted for each unit of transport – by at least 40% by 2030, and 70% by 2050.”
Photo credit: GoodFuels
Published: 3 December 2018
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