Norden Starts the First Commercial Test Voyage of a Ship using Bio-Fuel

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Highlights

  • DS Norden has agreed to commercially test the CO2-neutral bio-fuel on its vessel ‘Nord Highlander’
  • Biofuel for the commercial test operation will be provided by Good Fuels
  • The ships need not have their tanks modified or rebuilt for using biofuel

The Danish shipping company DS Norden has agreed to commercially test the CO2-neutral bio-fuel on its vessel.

Hope for a better future

The crucial move is expected to tackle climate changes and offer biofuel options to its customers.

Jan Rindbo, the CEO of Norden said, “Norden is proud to be at the forefront of testing and introducing CO2-neutral fuel that truly makes an impact on the highly important agenda of reducing the carbon footprint of shipping. Norden has come a long way in increasing fuel efficiency, reducing CO2 emissions per tonne of cargo transported on owned tanker vessels by 25 percent between 2007 and 2017. With the newly introduced IMO targets on CO2 reductions, however, it is evident that increased fuel efficiency alone is not enough. We need alternative solutions, and with this test, Norden has shown a viable method towards reaching these targets.”

A game changer

The test voyage will be performed on the vessel ‘Nord Highlander’ sailing from Rotterdam to Tallinn in September.

Rindbo said, “It is currently more expensive to use bio-fuel than a traditional fuel, but new restrictions from 2020 will mean shipping companies can no longer use the cheapest kinds of sulphur-based oil, making bio-fuel a more competitive fuel source”.

The biofuel for the commercial test operation will be provided by Good Fuels using fuel that is based on food oil. One of the key aspects of the fuel is that it doesn’t require the ships to have their tanks modified or rebuilt for it to be used.

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