MINSHIP and its subsidiary MINMARINE have announced that a bulk carrier in their fleet of managed vessels, M/V Trudy, has successfully bunkered biofuel at the Port of Rotterdam.
The vessel, which will burn only this biofuel in its main engine for the 10-day trial, is expected to generate up to 90% less carbon dioxide emissions than if it was burning a conventional shipping fuel.
It says the initiative is a ‘huge step towards the ship management company and its customers reaching their ambitious carbon dioxide reduction goals‘ as the biofuel-powered trial voyage could help inform future operations.
Markus Hiltl, MINSHIP Shipmanagement Managing Director, said: “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.”
Additional trials on further vessels under MINSHIP’s management are planned with a view to making biofuel a reliable alternative for their managed fleet to reduce carbon footprint.