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UECC: ‘MV Autosky’ on biofuel bunkers for a year, records 58% decrease in Carbon Intensity

26 Feb 2021

United European Car Carriers (UECC), jointly owned by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Wallenius Lines on Wednesday (24 February), presented its reflections after almost one year of continuous biofuel operations on its ro-ro M/V Autosky.

UECC has bunkered over 6,000 metric tonnes of biofuel in this period, exclusively supplied by GoodFuels, the leading provider of sustainable marine fuels in its region.

The fuel itself has been derived from a variety of feedstocks, including processed used cooking oil. All of the biofuel UECC has consumed in the past 12 months has been sustainably sourced and has utilised waste and residues with no higher quality application available, it said.

The company reported the switch to these biofuels required little to no technical modifications on the vessel and the fuel has been handled onboard by its expert engineers without any issue.

“The results are striking; a reduction of over 20 million kilograms of CO2 emissions, an absolute reduction of more than 9,000 kilos of sulphur oxide emissions and a similarly total reduction in Particulate Matter,” said UECC. 

To put into context what this means for the company’s customers, UECC reported the Carbon Intensity of Autosky on a grams of CO2 per tonne-km basis: 

2018:- 85.51 gCO2/tkm
2019:- 85.62 gCO2/tkm
2020:- 35.96 gCO2/tkm

The above reflects a 58% reduction in Carbon Intensity after the switch was made in 2020.

As the Initial IMO GHG Strategy aims to reduce carbon intensity by 40% with 2030 as the deadline, UECC states it is already ahead of this ambitious objective.

Related: BMW Group continues bio fuel oil bunker tests with UECC to transport its cars
Related: Goodfuels to commence Bio-fuel trials with UECC

Photo credit: United European Car Carriers
Published: 26 February, 2021

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