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Stena Bulk, GoodFuels complete trial of sustainable marine biofuel


May 8, 2020
By Stena Bulk

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The Stena Immortal. Photo courtesy Stena Bulk.

The 49,646 deadweight tonne (dwt) MR tanker received the first delivery of biofuel oil (BFO) during its recent call at the Port of Rotterdam. The fuel, which GoodFuels launched in 2018, reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 83 per cent and substantially reduces SOX emissions.

The trial was completed on the Stena Immortal as she ran in typical commercial operation. During the trial, BFO was tested in tanks, storage and as it was burned in the engines, the fuel was again proven to be a technically compliant alternative to the fossil default for oceangoing tanker vessels.

The success of this trial further underlines sustainable marine biofuel’s position within the marine fuel mix, and helps owners and operators to future-proof against current and impending regulations. As the trial was conducted with 100 per cent biofuel, it also shows that low-carbon shipping doesn’t have to be decades away but viable also in the shorter term if industry leaders work together to push the development.

Because it substantially reduces CO2 and SOX emissions, GoodFuels’ biofuel oil ensures compliance with the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) 2020 Sulphur Cap, greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction requirements and upcoming regulations to reduce carbon intensity from shipping.

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“We like to show the industry that we can start reducing the carbon footprint of shipping here and now while maintaining highest quality technical and commercial operations. The Stena Immortal performed very well running on the biofuel while continuing to deliver according to our customers’ needs without any disruption,” said Erik Hånell, president and CEO, Stena Bulk.

“The industry needs pioneers willing to collaborate, share knowledge and push the development towards more sustainable shipping. We’re happy to collaborate with GoodFuels in this test to take on that mission and encourage others to join us. We are of course open and have a willingness to drive and take part of this development together with stakeholders in this industry,” added Hånell.

“We are delighted this test with Stena Bulk was a success and want to thank them for joining us in our mission to develop a carbon-busting solution that is scalable, truly sustainable, technically compliant and, crucially, affordable,” said Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, GoodFuels Marine.

“For the past five years, we have focused on realizing the wide-scale use of sustainable marine biofuel, which has enabled us to continue to develop biofuels as a true solution to the market’s problems. Today’s announcement marks yet another a crucial move towards offering the shipping industry a credible near-zero carbon alternative to HFO and VLSFO,” he added.

Following the successful trial on Stena Immortal, Stena Bulk and GoodFuels Marine will continue working together to gain more experience and scale the usage of biofuel oil as an alternative to conventional fossil-based fuel.

GoodFuels biofuel oil is sustainably sourced and completely derived from forest residues and waste oil products. The fuel is also verified by an independent sustainability board of leading academics and NGOs in the transport sectors.

Stena Bulk MR vessel Stena Immortal ran on 100 per cent biofuel during a 10-day sea trial.