Minship trials biofuel on bulk carrier

Bulk carrier Trudy of Bavarian ship management company Minship has bunkered biofuel at the Port of Rotterdam. As it is the only fuel burnt in the ship’s main engine for the next eight to ten days, it is expected the ship will emit ninety per cent less CO2 than normal.

The biofuel bunkered by the 2009-built, 30,790-dwt bulk carrier on April 17 was GoodFuels’ sustainable Bio-fuel Oil MR1-100: which is a second generation sustainable biofuel produced from certified feedstock that is labelled as waste or residue.

Throughout the inaugural bio-fuel powered trial voyage taken by M/V Trudy from the Port of Rotterdam, relevant performance indicators will be closely monitored to help inform future operations. Additional trials on further vessels under Minship’s management are planned with a view to reduce the fleet’s carbon footprint.

Minship Shipmanagement Managing Director Markus Hiltl says: ‘Following more than a year of preparations between multiple stakeholders, including ship owners, fuel suppliers, flag states, insurance companies and manufacturers, the initiation of this trial, led by subsidiary organisation Minmarine, has only been possible through the vision and support of GoodFuels.’

‘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,’ he adds.

Picture: Bulk carrier M/V Trudy, part of Minship’s managed fleet.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.