German bulk operator Minship to trial biofuel

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Bavarian ship management company Minship and its subsidiary Minmarine have announced that a bulk carrier in their fleet of managed vessels, Trudy, has successfully bunkered biofuel at the Port of Rotterdam.

The biofuel bunkered by the 2009-built, 30,790dwt bulk carrier on 17 April was GoodFuels’ sustainable Bio-fuel Oil MR1-100: which is a second generation sustainable biofuel produced from certified feedstock that is labelled as waste or residue. Since biofuel will be the only fuel burnt in the main engine of Trudy for the next 8-10 days, some 90% of the CO2 emissions it produces will not be counted under existing regulations for measuring GHG emissions.

The adoption of biofuel by Minship is a step towards the ship management company and its customers reaching their ambitious CO2 reduction goals. Throughout the inaugural biofuel powered trial voyage taken by Trudy from the Port of Rotterdam, relevant performance indicators will be closely monitored to help inform future operations. Additional trials on further vessels under Minship’s management are planned with a view to making biofuel a real alternative for their managed fleet to reduce carbon footprint.

Minship Ship management Managing Director Markus Hiltl said, “Following more than a year of preparations between multiple stakeholders, including ship owners, fuel suppliers, flag states, insurance companies and manufacturers, the initiation of this trial, led by subsidiary organisation Minmarine, has only been possible through the vision and support of GoodFuels. This trial is a significant landmark for Minship as it will allow us to demonstrate that the use of available green, alternative fuels can make shipping less dependent on fossil fuels right now”.

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