Maersk is to use bio-fuels to offer carbon neutral shipping under a pilot scheme with retailer H&M Group the first customer.
Six Dutch multi-nationals, including Shell and Heineken, have teamed-up with AP Moller – Maersk for the largest ever maritime biofuels pilot on a Triple-E containership between Rotterdam and Shanghai.
CMA CGM has joined hands with IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, the GoodShipping Program, and the Port of Rotterdam to test and scale the use of sustainable marine bio-fuel oil.
A shipyard in Germany or Scandinavia is likely to be chosen within the next few weeks by Norwegian coastal freight and passenger ferry operator, Hurtigruten, as it embarks on a major environmental upgrade of seven existing vessels to run on LNG and liquid biogas (LBG).
Bio-fuels produced by GoodFuels, which are claimed to be largely carbon neutral, have been trialled on Norden product tanker.
When it comes to alternative fuel for ships LNG and batteries have received the most public attention, but GoodFuels is pushing another alternative – biofuels – which it believes will become a significant part of the fuel mix for shipping in the future.
A consortium comprising of Wartsila, GoodFuels Marine and Boskalis will work on a two-year pilot programme to develop sustainable, scalable and affordable marine biofuels, potentially an environmentally-friendly fuel option for shipowners.