Short sea operator Samskip on Monday (8 November) said it has started a bunkering trial of using biofuel in its vessel Samskip Innovator, following an earlier trial on Samskip Endeavour last week, said Samskip.
The Samskip Innovator, an 800 TEU containership which normally runs on traditional fuel, has started a trial to run on biofuel until mid-December.
The usage of biofuel on the vessel will be extended given a successful trial run.
The MDF1-100 fuel is produced from used cooking oils and will serve as raw materials for high-quality sustainable biofuels.
The number 100 stands for the proportion made from renewable raw materials, meaning that MDF1-100 consists of 100 % organic waste products.
“We are highly motivated to reduce our carbon footprint and are taking concrete actions. By using biofuels on a larger scale, we are putting old oils to a climate-friendly use,’’ says Frédéric Leca, Chief Operating Officer at Samskip.
‘’By saving more than 80% on CO2 emissions compared to conventional fossil fuel, the reduction of the emission is substantial.
“Making use of this sustainable marine biofuel is the future-proof way to go. We call out all carriers in our industry to take concrete actions to reduce their carbon footprint, no matter how big or small it might be. Only together can we achieve a better future for our planet.’’
The company said the announcement came when the industry is shifting from traditional fuels to greener alternatives in order to become more sustainable and move towards decarbonisation.
“With scalability, sustainable marine biofuel allows carriers to effectively comply with future regulations on carbon reduction by 2030 and 2050. The fuel is produced and delivered by Samskip’s longtime partner GoodFuels,” it states.
Photo credit: Samskip
Published: 15 November, 2021
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