Höegh Autoliners completed its first carbon-neutral voyage from Europe to South Africa on 19 March
The operater said its New Horizon-series vessel Höegh Trigger completed a successful trial voyage on advanced biofuels “meeting the highest sustainability standards” showing that biofuels are a viable option for vessels in the fleet.
GoodFuels’ biofuel was chosen for the test run as the fuel is virtually free of sulphur oxides and reduces the vessel’s carbon emissions by up to 90%. The remaining emissions generated were offset through certificates from Gold Standard.
Höegh Autoliners said the company is supporting decarbonising measures by working with customers and partners to reduce the carbon footprint in the logistics supply chain and believes using advanced biofuels to run existing fleets has the potential to significantly reduce emissions while new ship technologies evolve.
Höegh Autoliners chief executive Andreas Enger said “We are committed to leading the way towards a zero-emissions future. The success of this trial voyage demonstrates that with the use of alternative fuels like biofuel, we can contribute to significant steps towards decarbonisation in the maritime transportation industry. Our company and customers have high ambitions to combat climate change, and we are committed to delivering on that.”
Ships in the New Horizon series can transport up to 8,500 car equivalent units and are equipped with the latest fuel-saving technologies, reducing CO2 emissions per car equivalent unit by 50% compared with standard car carriers.
GoodFuels chief commercial officer Isabel Welten said “We are proud to supply our truly sustainable biofuels. Working with shipping operators like Höegh Autoliners, we contribute to making ocean transport more sustainable and together play an essential role in reducing CO2 emissions in the maritime industry.”
The supplier has also worked with Stena Bulk and Volkswagen Group to conduct successful biofuel trials.
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