IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, CMA CGM, and the GoodShipping Program announced the successful completion of their 2019 biofuel test programme on CMA CGM vessels, following the positive trials of HFO-equivalent Bio-Fuel Oil (GoodFuels BFO) during CMA CGM Alexander Vob Humboldt’s North Europe-Asia trip, which took place in September and October 2019.
This development comes after the world premiere refuelling of a container ship with sustainable biofuel, when the CMA CGM White Shark received the bunker during a call at the Port of Rotterdam in March 2019.
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Under the trial, sustainable Bio-Fuel Oil was used in a blend with conventional fossil-based marine fuels to power a ship on a major oceangoing route. Both applications of the Bio-Fuel Oil presented a positive result, thus proving the technical compatibility of sustainable marine biofuels. These developments showcase the viability of advanced biofuels to meet current and future environmental regulations and emissions reductions targets, delivering a more sustainable shipping industry.
The Bio-Fuel Oil tested by CMA CGM across both vessels was supplied by leading biofuels company GoodFuels, and is the first ever HFO-equivalent biofuel. All GoodFuels sustainable marine fuels are virtually SOx free and deliver 80-90% well-to-propeller CO2 reduction versus fossil equivalents.
The trials were achieved through IKEA Transport & Logistics Services’ participation in the GoodShipping Program, the world’s first decarbonisation initiative for cargo owners.
The GoodShipping Program works on the premise that, as all CO2 from shipping is emitted into the same atmosphere, the means of addressing these emissions is equally impactful, regardless of which vessels adopt biofuels over traditional bunker fuels, or the amount of ‘drop in’ biofuel that is added to the fuel tank, as long as it offsets the CO2 costs of transporting participating shippers’ cargo.
Elisabeth Munck af Rosenschöld, Head of Sustainability, IKEA Global Transport & Logistics Services, said:
We are pleased to conclude that this pilot has been successful and that it has been proven possible to use advanced Bio-Fuel Oil on oceangoing vessels. It is only through collaboration and partnerships between major players – including cargo owners, ship operators and solution providers – that we can achieve real change at fast pace