CMA CGM White Shark Sustainable Marine Biofuel Refueling at Rotterdam Trial


In a recent development, IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, CMA CGM, the Good Shipping Program and the Port of Rotterdam have announced that they successfully refueled their CMA CGM WHITE SHARK with sustainable marine bio-fuel oil on Saturday, March 23rd, says an article published on their website.

About the Test

The test, which represents a major step for the decarbonisation of ocean freight, saw the companies work together in a first-of-its-kind partnership for the shipping industry. The CMA CGM WHITE SHARK, a 5,095 TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) container vessel, was refueled with the bio-fuel oil on Saturday while calling at Rotterdam.

How will it help?

Results from the trial will give the maritime sector a vital demonstration into the scalability, sustainability and technical compliance of sustainable marine bio-fuel oil. This will benefit all industry stakeholders in their environmental strategies, in line with the impending International Maritime Organisation (IMO) decarbonization pathway.

How was it done?

The sustainable marine bio-fuel oil was developed by GoodFuels, the leading provider of sustainable marine biofuels to the global commercial shipping fleet, after undergoing three years of intensive testing with marine engine manufacturers. The second-generation bio-fuel oil is completely derived from forest residues and waste cooking oil products, is expected to deliver 80-90% well-to-propeller CO2 reduction versus fossil equivalents, and virtually eliminates sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions – all without any requirement for engine modifications.

The trial was facilitated by the GoodShipping Program, a sustainable initiative dedicated to decarbonizing ocean freight.

Facts and Figures

  • All GoodFuels sustainable marine biofuels are functionally equivalent to petroleum-derived marine fuels – so called “drop-in” fuels.
  • No modification is required to the engine or the fuel infrastructure.
  • All GoodFuels sustainable marine fuels meet the most stringent sustainability criteria, based on the Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials ( and verified by GoodFuels’ independent sustainability board. This sustainability board consists of leading NGOs and academics.
  • GoodFuels’ sustainable marine fuels are 100% based on waste and residues.
  • In this landmark refueling, the bio-fuel oil consists of waste used cooking oil and forest residues – both of which have been sourced and processed in Europe.
  • The industrial waste stream from food production is used cooking oil which, after processing, is unfit to use for human or animal consumption. The only viable usage for this waste product is for reprocessing into advanced biofuel.
  • Forest residues are industrial waste streams from paper and pulp production. GoodFuels exclusively sources the forest residues in its fuels from sustainable forests in Europe.
  • Most wood waste streams are currently used to co-fire power plants, and upgrading this waste into advanced low carbon marine biofuels, replacing heavy fuel oil, is considered a more sustainable and economical use of the waste product.
  • All GoodFuels sustainable marine fuels are virtually SOx free and deliver 80-90% well-to-propeller CO2 reduction versus fossil equivalents.

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Source: CMA CGM


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