Seatrade Maritime is part of the Informa Markets Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

MSC and DB Schenker sign biofuel shipping deal

Photo: MSC MSC DB Schenker biofuel deal signing
Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) German freight forwarder DB Schenker have signed a biofuel deal as forwarders look increasingly to secure reduced emissions shipping for their customers.

The two companies have signed an agreement for the use of 12,000 metric tonnes of biofuel components for all of DB Schenker’s consolidated cargo, less-than-container load (LCL), full-container-load (FCL) and refrigerated containers (reefer containers).

The 12,000 metric tonnes of biofuel component will be blended between 20% and 30%, resulting in approximately 50,000 metric tonnes of blended biofuel to be used in MSC’s containerships.

The amount of biofuel purchased is enough to save an additional 35,000 metric tonnes of CO2 equivalents (CO2e) along the entire production chain (well-to-wake) in the market. The equivalent of around 30,000 teu may be shipped with net-zero CO2 emissions, depending on voyage length.

“Together with MSC, we are offering our customers a convenient and clean solution using the latest generation of marine biofuel to help them achieve a real additional reduction in their emissions. We are doing this because we firmly believe it is the right thing to do and are therefore paying for biofuel purchases in advance,” said Thorsten Meincke, Global Board Member for Air & Ocean Freight at DB Schenker.

“Decarbonising ocean freight cannot be achieved by a single player and requires collaboration between shipping and logistics companies and their customers. MSC Biofuel Solution is our first certified carbon in setting programme that reduces emissions in our customers’ supply chains, accelerating the energy transition by creating demand for net-zero-carbon shipping and delivering direct CO2 savings,” said Caroline Becquart, Senior Vice President of MSC.

DHL launched a sustainable marine fuels option using biofuels for customers shipping LCL and FCL in 2021.