The GoodShipping Program, a marine biofuels advocacy initiative, has achieved its first carbon-free ocean freight transport for its customers.
Earlier this month, the 800-TEU container feeder Samskip Endeavour was bunkered with 22,000 litres of hydrotreated vegetable oil in Rotterdam. According to GoodShipping, using the biofuel reduced the voyage’s carbon footprint by some 40 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
Made from used cooking oil, the biofuel was supplied by Amsterdam-based GoodFuels Marine and replaced the equivalent volume of heavy fuel oil.
“With this first bunkering, GoodShipping shows that it is possible for cargo owners to influence the carbon footprint of the sea freight in their supply chain,” says a statement from the initiative. “Thanks to the principle of mass balance, any company can join our program and have their sea freight shipped climate-neutral.”
Waste vegetable oil is sourced from restaurants and food processing by-product streams. Once it is properly treated, it can be used as a “drop in” fossil fuel replacement in diesel engines. GoodFuels Marine claims that its hydrotreated vegetable oil bunkers can reduce a vessel’s carbon emissions by 75 to 90 per cent.