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ROTTERDAM: March 12, 2019. IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, the GoodShipping Program and the Port of Rotterdam are to test the use of sustainable marine biofuel oil with the bunkering of a CMA CGM vessel on March 19.

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

CMA CGM Christophe ColombXavier Leclercq, vice president CMA CGM 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 heavy fuel oil equivalent solution in biofuel 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.”

The sustainable marine biofuel oil, derived from forest residues and waste oil products, has been developed by GoodFuels after three years of testing with marine engine manufacturers. The oil is expected to deliver an 80-90 percent CO2 reduction versus fossil equivalents and virtually eliminates sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions – all without any requirement for engine modifications.

“Through our pilot we want to show that the means for decarbonisation in terms of alternative fuels are available,” explained Elisabeth Munck af Rosenschöld, head of Sustainability for IKEA Global Transport & Logistics Services. “With a successful pilot completed, our intention is to put the equivalent of at least all our containers out of Rotterdam on biofuel.”

In addition to switching to low sulphur fuels by 2020, the industry faces impending IMO greenhouse gas reduction, including an objective to reduce average carbon intensity from shipping by at least 40 percent by 2030, and 70 percent by 2050. So the partnership aims to demonstrate the scalability, sustainability and technical compliance of switching to marine biofuel oil.

“The Port of Rotterdam considers this initiative by IKEA, CMA CGM and GoodShipping to be a strong rallying cry to the shipping industry,” added Allard Castelein, CEO, Port of Rotterdam. “This bunkering shows that decarbonisation of sea trade is well achievable. It’s clear that shippers play an important role in decarbonising the industry.”

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