CMA CGM bio-fuel test gets underway

Malcolm Latarche

Malcolm Latarche · 26 March 2019


Following the announcement earlier this year that CMA CGM would be taking part in a bio-fuel trial in partnership with IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, the GoodShipping Program and the Port of Rotterdam, the 5,095teu CMA CGM White Shark bunkered with the first supplies of the new fuel at the weekend.

The test saw the companies work together in a first-of-its-kind partnership for the shipping industry. The vessel was refuelled with the bio-fuel oil on Saturday while calling at Rotterdam. Results from the trial will give the maritime sector a vital demonstration into the scalability, sustainability and technical compliance of sustainable marine bio-fuel oil. This will benefit all industry stakeholders in their environmental strategies, in line with the IMO decarbonisation pathway.

The new marine bio-fuel oil was developed by GoodFuels, the leading provider of sustainable marine biofuels to the global commercial shipping fleet, after undergoing three years of intensive testing with marine engine manufacturers. The second-generation bio-fuel oil is completely derived from forest residues and waste cooking oil products, is expected to deliver 80-90% well-to-propeller CO2 reduction versus fossil equivalents, and virtually eliminates sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions - all without any requirement for engine modifications.

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