News - Experimental test of biofuels in container shipping


Maersk Line in cooperation with DSGC will host the greatest experiment in history on biofuel, in sphere of container shipping by sea. For Maersk such co-operation is a part of strategy for climate change fight and achieving their inner goal. Till 2050 company plans to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions.


During piloting one of container ship class Maersk Triple-E will use about 20% of biofuel of second generation for 25,000 nautical miles from Rotterdam to Shanghai and back. It will be the first in the world test on this scale and it has to save 1500 tons of CO2 and 20 tons sulfur emissions.

DSGC FrieslandCampina, Heineken, Philips, DSM, Shell and Unilever joins Maersk to support this pilot project. Shell will provide fuel, that is based on waste vegetable oil (WVO).

«This experimental test of biofuel in container shipping by sea marks an important step. Other innovations are also necessary. Because they can be successfully developed, tested and introduced only combined in such enterprises», — said Jan Peter Balkenende, representative of DSGC.

Competitor Maersk CMA CGM holds similar test using not oil, but HFO-like bunker fuel from a Dutch supplier GoodFuels. But it’s worth mentioning, that for both companies expanded use of alternative fuels will require the search for an adequate supply of raw materials.

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