Copenhagen listed dry cargo and tanker shipping firm Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S is planning to offer a biofuel-based carbon neutral shipping service from 2019, it says.
The firm has earlier concluded second-generation bio fuel is a viable alternative to fossil fuels. Several other test voyages have since been conducted, also successfully.
“Now that we have proven CO2 neutral transport as a viable alternative, I am convinced many carbon conscious customers within a foreseeable future will demand this type of transport,” says CEO Jan Rindbo.
Adam Nielsen, Head of Industrial Bulk at NORDEN, adds “while we have only just concluded the test voyage, our early conversations with potential customers are so far very positive.”
“If all goes according to plan, we will offer the first customer CO2 neutral transport in 2019 and scale up with larger volumes from 2020 when the new MARPOL regulations will be in force.”
NORDEN acknowledges that biofuel may not be the sole solution in the long run, but believes that the carefully chosen second generation biofuels used can currently contribute significantly to reducing CO2 emissions.
The shipping firm will also continue working with GoodFuels to gain further experience with biofuel as an alternative to low sulphur fossil fuel and is also considering other possibilities to lower the carbon footprint.
Photo credit: NORDEN
Published: 28 December, 2018
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