Swedish tanker operator Stena Bulk on Monday (22 June) said following up on its successful biofuel trial in April, the company is now introducing low-carbon shipping options for its customers.
Biofuel has the potential of putting shipping on the trajectory towards IMO’s greenhouse gas reduction targets, without having to wait for new technology and zero-carbon fuels to emerge as commercially viable options, it said.
The company said its recent trial, where a cross-Atlantic voyage was conducted with 100% waste-based biofuel, proved the technical and operational feasibility of using biofuels in regular tanker operations, and it is now taking it one step further by introducing a set of low-carbon shipping options for its customers.
The options will range from 20% to 100% biofuels and will be based on an offsetting program where the biofuel is used within the Stena Bulk fleet.
This allows customers to make use of low-carbon shipping options regardless of fuel availability on the specific route and guarantees that operation is performed without any disturbance to the shipment.
“Performing according to our customers’ expectations is our highest priority, and this setup allows us to continue to do that while also offering a service,” said Erik Hånell, President and CEO for Stena Bulk.
“It will be one way to take actions in meeting future requirements. This type of fuel is one step in many combined sustainable solutions that needs to be considered and can be used today.
“The industry needs to come together as an industry to find solutions that comply with future legislation.”
Photo credit: Stena Bulk
Published: 23 June, 2020
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