CMA CGM to test bio-fuel in tie up with IKEA

Malcolm Latarche
Malcolm Latarche
ShipInsight

13 March 2019


French container operator is to trial a second generation biofuel derived from forest residues and waste cooking oil in co-operations with IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, the GoodShipping Program and the Port of Rotterdam. The test will commence with a landmark bunkering of the marine bio-fuel oil on a CMA CGM container vessel next week.

The test is being facilitated by the GoodShipping Program, a sustainable initiative dedicated to decarbonising ocean freight, and is the latest step in the scaling of so-called low carbon marine bio-fuel oils for wider commercial use within the maritime industry.

The marine bio-fuel oil has been 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 oil products and 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.

Through this collaboration, IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, CMA CGM and the GoodShipping Program – with the support of the Port of Rotterdam – aim to demonstrate the scalability, sustainability and technical compliance of sustainable marine bio-fuel oil, and thereby spur the wider continued development of realistic options to curb greenhouse gas and sulphur oxide emissions from shipping.

Elisabeth Munck af Rosenschöld, Head of Sustainability, IKEA Global Transport & Logistics Services, said, “Through our pilot we want to show that the means for decarbonisation in terms of alternative fuels are available. We have a responsibility to do our part to reduce the impact of our ocean freight. Through our participation we send a signal to our customers and the ocean industry on our commitment to decarbonise. Only through collaboration can we achieve rapid, necessary change. With a successful pilot completed, our intention is to put the equivalent of at least all our containers out of Rotterdam on biofuel.”

Xavier Leclercq, Vice President, CMA Ships, said, “In a few days, we will be testing second-generation biofuel in one of CMA CGM’s vessels for the first time. Having an HFO-equivalent solution in bio-fuel oil available with no engineering or operational changes required to our vessel offers a safe, manageable and innovative opportunity to facilitate shipping’s wider transition to new fuel solutions.”

Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, The GoodShipping Program, said, “The aim of our program has always been not only to reduce carbon emissions from shipping, but to show that the means to accelerate the energy transition are already available for the sector to grasp. Together we send a very clear message: sustainable biofuels are ready today, and we can meet the pathways laid out by the IMO in a manner that is attractive to major cargo owners such as IKEA.”