The biofuel, named MR1-100, has been bunkered onto the 49,647-dwt Stena Immortal and will be used to power the main engine to test the technical and operational feasibility.
“By doing this test we want to contribute to push the industry and pave way towards more sustainable shipping,” said Erik Hanell, president and ceo of Stena Bulk.
“We want to be able to offer our customers additional options with less environmental impact in the future and by conducting the trial in normal operations we want to show that being sustainable doesn´t have to interfere with core business,” he continued.
The reduction of CO2 by using this particular biofuel is around 83%, according to Stena Bulk.
Biofuels are compatible with regular fuels but produced from biomass or biowaste instead of fossil oil. While there are many kinds of biofuel, Stena Bulk is only using second generation fuel, meaning they are based on waste and thereby do not compete with food production.