Posted On: 12-06-2020
After announcing their three-month biofuel trial earlier this year, short sea shipowner United European Car Carriers (UECC) and sustainable shipping initiative The GoodShipping Program have now partnered with car manufacturer BMW Group to continue to test marine biofuel (BFO) on UECC’s roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessels. BMW Group joins the duo in the trial, where BFO is being tested on UECC’s 140-metre, 2,080-vehicle carrier M/V Autosky. The first volume of biofuel was delivered to Autosky on 16 March in the Port of Rotterdam. The trial has and will see subsequent further refuelling operations between March and July 2020. The ship is currently testing BFO on the route between Zeebrugge, Belgium and Santander, Spain. The BFO – based on cooking oil – being used for the trial was supplied by the biofuel company GoodFuels. By covering the fuel premium for a biofuel volume corresponding to BMW Group’s freight that will be shipped on the Autosky during the trial period, BMW Group will be able to claim a CO2 emission reduction of 80 to 90 per cent for these shipments, totalling more than 400 tonnes of carbon, according to UECC and the GoodShipping Program. This is said to be a significant step towards achieving a carbon-neutral supply chain for BMW, and is the core aim of the GoodShipping Program, which enables cargo owners to reduce their environmental footprint.