Stena Bulk is introducing low-carbon shipping options for its customers after completing a successful biofuel trial
The options will range from 20% to 100% biofuels and will be based on an offsetting programme where the biofuel is used within the Stena Bulk fleet. This allows customers to use low-carbon shipping options regardless of fuel availability on the specific route. The company said it also guarantees operations are performed without any disturbance to the shipment.
Stena Bulk chief executive Erik Hånell said “Performing according to our customers’ expectations is our highest priority, and this setup allows us to continue to do that while also offering a service.” He added “It will be one way to take actions in meeting future requirements. This type of fuel is one step in many combined sustainable solutions that need to be considered and can be used today.”New fuels and new technology like Stena Bulk´s recently presented IMOFlexMAX vessel design will also be used to test the new offerings. IMOFlexMAX is Stena’s latest chemical and product tanker design aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% on current designs.
Mr Hånell said “We need to come together as an industry to find solutions that comply with future legislation. By working together, sharing experiences, risks and inspiring each other, we are convinced that we will meet the targets and ensure shipping remains the most efficient and sustainable mode of transportation.”
In March, Stena Immortal received the first delivery of biofuel oil during its call at the Port of Rotterdam. Over the course of the trial, biofuel was tested in tanks, storage and burned in the engines.
Biofuels are compatible with regular fuels but produced from biomass or biowaste instead of fossil oil. While not widely used, biofuels are seen to possess the commercial potential to be used in the period between traditional fuels and the predicted use of zero-carbon fuels.
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