Bulk carrier, ‘M/V Trudy’, part of MINSHIP’s managed fleet Photo: MINSHIP
Bavarian ship management company MINSHIP and its subsidiary MINMARINE have announced that a bulk carrier in their fleet of managed vessels has successfully bunkered biofuel at the Port of Rotterdam.
The biofuel bunkered by the 2009-built, 30,790-dwt bulk carrier, M/V Trudy, was GoodFuels’ sustainable Bio-fuel Oil MR1-100, a second generation sustainable biofuel produced from certified feedstock that is labelled as waste or residue.
During the trial M/V Trudy is expected to generate up to 90% fewer CO2 emissions than if it was burning a conventional shipping fuel. “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,” said MINSHIP Ship management managing director, Markus Hiltl.
The adoption of biofuel by MINSHIP is a large step towards the company and its customers reaching their ambitious CO2 reduction goals. Throughout the inaugural trial voyage from the Port of Rotterdam performance indicators will be closely monitored to help inform future operations and additional trials on other MINSHIP vessels are planned with a view to making biofuel a real alternative.