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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.

BHP Biliton and GoodFuels Marine have signed a Letter of Intent (LoI), with the support of the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to collaborate on a marine biofuels pilot project in the city state's port.

Dutch brewer Heineken is aiming for sustainable transport of its beer for export with a part biofuelled barge for inland transport.

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.

DNV GL has released a position paper on alternative fuels for shipping looking at the possible future fuel mix for maritime transport.