In April 2018, more than 100 Member States met at the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London and adopted an initial strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008 levels..
It was reported previously, that as from 1st of January 2020 the new global limit on the sulphur content will be 0.50% m/m..
In line with this, the Goodshipping Program was reportedly started as the world’s first global marine program that aims to change the fuel that is used in the marine market space..
Through the use of biofuels this marine initiative has reportedly developed a flexible, quick, transparent, convenient and effective way for companies and businesses of all sizes to lower the emissions that their specific cargo is responsible for..
As part of this program, the ‘Samskip Endeavour’ a container vessel with a capacity of over 800 containers successfully used 22,000 litres of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) made from used cooking oil (UCO) provided by GoodFuels Marine to carry the goods belonging to customers Tony’s Chocolonely, Dopper, Blygold, Magic Marine and Mystic..
Now, Norden from Denmark has indicated that they are offering clients shipments powered by vegetable oil..
As per Jan Rindbo, CEO of Norden, the company has tested the usage of vegetable oil as a fuel in 2018 and are confident of rolling it as a regular offering to clients who are looking to go green in terms of handling their supply chain..
Now that we have proven CO2 neutral transport as a viable alternative, I am convinced many carbon conscious customers within a foreseeable future will demand this type of transport.
Nord Highlander, a 37,000 DWT product tanker was used for the test voyage conducted in September on a ballast trip from Rotterdam in the Netherlands to Tallinn in Estonia..
Nord used GoodFuels Marine, a venture partially backed by Vitol Group’s Varo Energy, will supply used vegetable oil as the alternate fuel..
The trend seems to be catching on quite rapidly..