The move comes after a partnership last year between VARO and GoodFuels, focusing on scaling sustainable marine biofuels for the European inland shipping market.

The new deep sea proposition, which seeks to improve the sustainability of the segment, is based on extending the availability of GoodFuels’ Bio Fuel Oil, which the company launched in Autumn 2018.

Under the partnership, VARO will help scale the sourcing, production, blending and distribution of GoodFuels Bio Fuel Oil across the ARA region.

In the meantime, GoodFuels will continue to focus on the sourcing of sustainable feedstocks for the Bio Fuel Oil, and the sale, marketing and product development of new sustainable fuel solutions.

GoodFuels’ BFO is a direct “drop-in” replacement for HFO. Biofuels are suitable for every type of vessel, without requiring any modifications to engine room equipment.

This collaboration will enable availability of sustainable biofuels to deep sea operators, specially in view of the upcoming stricter emission requirements, noted Mr. Ben van Kol, Managing Director of REINPLUS FIWADO Bunker.

This collaboration will enable us to rapidly scale and offer one of the most climate-friendly fuel options for shipping to deep sea customers in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp region. Decarbonisation makes the adoption of alternative fuel solutions increasingly important and we are confident that this will help to further accelerate the maritime industry’s sustainability drive,

...added Mr. Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, GoodFuels.

To support shipping’s wider decarbonisation goals, in 2016 GoodFuels founded The GoodShipping Program to engage cargo owners in the challenge of tackling shipping’s carbon emissions.

In September 2018, the Program announced that five shippers had completely offset the carbon emissions of their cargo by refueling a vessel with marine biofuels.