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Stolt Tankers partners Goodfuels to trial marine biofuel bunkers in trans-Atlantic voyage

07 Apr 2021

Tanker operator Stolt Tankers, a division of Stolt-Nielsen Limited (SNL), on Tuesday (6 April) said it is partnering with Netherlands-based sustainable biofuels company GoodFuels to trial the use of a marine biofuel produced from sustainable and certified feedstocks.

The trial will take place on board the 37,000 DWT chemical tanker Stolt Inspiration as she sails from Rotterdam, the Netherlands to Houston, US.

The trial is designed to assess the viability of the future use of biofuels in both engines and boilers, and will test the fuel’s impact on consumption, power and reliability. The ship’s management team and crew on board will manage the trial to ensure complete operational safety and optimal performance.

“I am excited to see the results of the trial,” said Lucas Vos, President Stolt Tankers.

“This is just one of the areas that we are exploring as the industry moves towards a carbon-neutral future. We are committed to working with other leaders to explore innovative technologies including biofuels, hydrogen, wind, ammonia and methanol, to reduce our environmental footprint, while continuing to provide customers with the high quality service they expect from us.”

Bunkering for the trial was completed at the end of last week at the Port of Rotterdam, where the Stolt Inspiration received the biofuel which is derived from feedstocks such as used cooking oil, tallow and waste animal fats.

The fuel has the potential to deliver a well-to-exhaust CO2 reduction of between 80 and 90% compared to fossil fuel equivalents. GoodFuels is a pioneer in alternative marine fuels, ensuring that the feedstock of the biofuels meet the strictest sustainability criteria.

The biofuel used is functionally equal to petroleum-derived marine fuels, and no modifications to the engine or the fuel infrastructure were required.

“We believe passionately in the tanker segment’s sustainability vision, and we’re proving that advanced biofuels can have an immediate impact in reducing emissions,” added Isabel Welten, Chief Commercial Officer at GoodFuels.

“By supplying a credible low-carbon alternative to Stolt Tankers, together we’re marking another vital step towards advancing the uptake of marine biofuels while also supporting the wider maritime industry in meeting its decarbonisation goals.”

The trial supports Stolt Tankers’ focus on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in line with the IMO’s target to reduce the total annual GHG emissions from international shipping by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008 levels.

Photo credit: Stolt-Nielsen
Published: 7 April, 2020

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