IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, the CMA CGM Group, and the GoodShipping Program have successfully completed a biofuel test programme, on CMA CGM vessels using biofuels.
The companies reported the results of the test programme after the positive trials of Heavy Fuel Oil-equivalent (HFO) Bio-Fuel Oil (GoodFuels BFO) during CMA CGM Alexander von Humboldt’s North Europe-Asia trip, which occurred in September and October 2019.
The trials were produced through IKEA Transport & Logistics Services’ participation in the GoodShipping Program, the world’s first decarbonisation initiative for cargo owners.
The successful pilot follows the refuelling of a container ship with sustainable biofuel, when the CMA CGM White Shark took on the bunker during a call at the port of Rotterdam in March 2019.
The sustainable biofuel was blended with conventional fossil-based marine fuels to power the vessel on a major ocean-going route.
Both applications of the Bio-Fuel Oil showed a positive result, thus proving the technical compatibility of sustainable marine biofuels.
The Bio-Fuel Oil trialled by CMA CGM across both vessels was supplied by leading biofuels company GoodFuels, and is the first ever HFO-equivalent biofuel.
Elisabeth Munck af Rosenschöld, head of sustainability at IKEA Global Transport & Logistics Services, said: “We are pleased to conclude that this pilot has been successful and that it has been proven possible to use advanced Bio-Fuel Oil on oceangoing vessels.
GoodFuels’ sustainable marine fuels are 100% based on waste and residues.
By Michelle Mooney