The Netherlands – Stolt Tankers and GoodFuels will trial the use of a marine biofuel produced from sustainable feedstocks on board the 37,000 DWT chemical tanker Stolt Inspiration travelling from Rotterdam to Houston.
The trial is designed to assess the viability of the future use of biofuels in both engines and boilers, and will test the fuel’s impact on consumption, power and reliability.
Biofuel from feedstocks
Bunkering for the trial was completed at the Port of Rotterdam, where the Stolt Inspiration received the biofuel which is derived from feedstocks such as used cooking oil, tallow and waste animal fats. The fuel has the potential to deliver a well-to-exhaust CO2 reduction of between 80 and 90% compared to fossil fuel equivalents. The biofuel used is functionally equal to petroleum-derived marine fuels, and no modifications to the engine or the fuel infrastructure were required.
The trial supports Stolt Tankers’ focus on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in line with the IMO’s target to reduce the total annual GHG emissions from international shipping by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008 levels.