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Stena Bulk successfully completes bio bunker fuel trials with GoodFuels

30 Apr 2020

Swedish tanker operator Stena Bulk on Wednesday (29 April) said its Bio Fuel Oil (BFO) trial with GoodFuels was completed on the Stena Immortal as she ran in a typical commercial operation. 

The 49,646 deadweight tonne (dwt) MR tanker received the first delivery of Bio Fuel Oil during its recent call at the Port of Rotterdam. The fuel, which GoodFuels launched in 2018, reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 83% and substantially reduces SOX emissions.

During the trial, BFO was tested in the ship’s  tanks, storage and engines. The fuel, burned in the engines, proved to be a technically compliant alternative to the fossil default for oceangoing tanker vessels, said the company.

The success of this trial further underlines sustainable marine biofuel’s position within the marine fuel mix, and helps owners and operators to future-proof against current and impending regulations, it said.

As the trial was conducted with 100% biofuel, it also shows low-carbon shipping doesn’t have to be decades away but viable also in the shorter term if industry leaders work together to push the development, notes Stena Bulk. 

Because it substantially reduces CO2 and SOX emissions, 

GoodFuels’ Bio Fuel Oil which substantially reduces CO2 and SOX emissions further ensures compliance with the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) 2020 Sulphur Cap, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction requirements and upcoming regulations to reduce carbon intensity from shipping.

“We like to show the industry that we can start reducing the carbon footprint of shipping here and now while maintaining highest quality technical and commercial operations,” said Erik Hånell, President and CEO Stena Bulk.

“The Stena Immortal performed very well running on the biofuel while continuing to deliver according to our customers’ needs without any disruption.

“The industry needs pioneers willing to collaborate, share knowledge and push the development towards more sustainable shipping. We’re happy to collaborate with GoodFuels in this test to take on that mission and encourage others to join us.”

“We are delighted this test with Stena Bulk was a success and want to thank them for joining us in our mission to develop a carbon-busting solution that is scalable, truly sustainable, technically compliant and, crucially, affordable”,  said Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, GoodFuels Marine.

“For the past five years, we have focused on realising the wide scale use of sustainable marine biofuel, which has enabled us to continue to develop biofuels as a true solution to the market’s problems. 

“Today’s announcement marks yet another a crucial move towards offering the shipping industry a credible near-zero carbon alternative to HFO and VLSFO.”

Following the successful trial on Stena Immortal, Stena Bulk and GoodFuels Marine will continue working together to gain more experience and scale the usage of Bio Fuel Oil as an alternative to conventional fossil-based fuel.

Related: Stena Bulk to commence trials of bunkering a MR Tanker with 100% biofuel


Photo credit: Stena Bulk
Published: 30 April, 2020

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