• 2019 March 22 16:44

    Maersk partners with global companies to trial biofuel

    In the world’s largest maritime pilot of its kind, A.P. Moller - Maersk and a group of global companies in the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition will test the long-distance viability of biofuel, taking a tangible step towards the decarbonisation of shipping, the company said in its release.

    In a pilot between March and June, a large Triple-E vessel will sail 25,000 nautical miles from Rotterdam to Shanghai and back on biofuel blends alone, using up to 20% sustainable second–generation biofuels – a world’s first at this scale.

    Convinced of the urgency to tackle the impacts of climate change, a group of Dutch multinationals – including FrieslandCampina, Heineken, Philips, DSM, Shell and Unilever - all members of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC), will join forces with A.P. Moller - Maersk to take this tangible step towards the decarbonisation of ocean shipping

    The DSGC members, many of which are customers to Maersk, played a critical role by initiating and sponsoring the pilot. Shell acts as the fuel supplier for the pilot, and Maersk is the operating partner.

    The pilot lays the foundation for how cross-industry partners can work together to take steps towards a more sustainable future.

    Shipping accounts for around 90% of transported goods and 2-3% of total global CO2 emissions, and is set to rise to 15% by 2050 if left unchecked. The CO2 savings of this journey alone equates to the annual CO2 emitted by over 200 households in a year or 12m km travelled in an average car which is 300 times around the world.

    DSGC members and Maersk all agree that tackling harmful emissions related to shipping is urgently needed and that cross-industry collaboration is required to develop, test and implement new solutions.

    Sustainably sourced second-generation biofuels are just one possible solution for the decarbonisation of ocean shipping. Longer term breakthroughs in fuel and technical development (i.e. e-fuels) and the investment into commercial supply chains are needed to achieve significant emissions reductions.

    The pilot represents a significant step towards proving the technical, sustainable and commercial validation for decarbonised ocean transport and Maersk is seeing a strong demand for sustainable shipping from its customers. Therefore, the company plans to invite and collaborate with more customers to take active part in the decarbonisation of shipping over the coming years to create commercial availability for its wider customer base.

    The biofuel used in this pilot is a so-called ‘second–generation’ biofuel, produced from waste sources, in this case used cooking oil (UCOME oil). Second generation biofuel means the biofuel comes from waste products. This can be used cooking oil, forest residues, wood chip waste etc. This biofuel is ISCC Certified, meaning that the whole chain is 3rd party certified. The power of biofuel is that it can to a certain extent replace or be blended with conventional fossil fuels, without having to make big technical adaptations to the engines or even replacing them.




2019 April 18

18:36 South Stream Transport B.V. and Saipem announce the amicable settlement of mutual differences
18:06 Seaway 7 selected as partner to develop Hollandse Kust Zuid Offshore Wind Farm
17:36 WinGD reports strong first quarter 2019
17:11 Launching ceremony held for eighth shallow-draft barge of Project ROB20
17:05 SOFEC completes engineering, supply and delivery of mooring system
16:26 Port of Murmansk to welcome eight cruise liners in summer season of 2019
16:05 Cooperation agreement between Eimskip and Royal Arctic line approved by the Icelandic Competition Authority
15:44 Navios Acquisition announces $103.2 million sale and leaseback transaction for three MR2 product tankers and two LR1 product tankers
15:12 Nefteflot laid down two barges of Project RDB12 ordered by STLC
15:10 MOL to acquire strategic stake in six group companies, each owning a Very Large Ethane Carrier
14:40 Port of Rotterdam freight throughput grows by 5.1% in first quarter of 2019
13:44 Bunker prices are slightly up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:03 Biggest European shipbuilders collaborate on vessel connectivity in project Code Kilo
12:49 NOVATEK reports preliminary operating data for the first quarter 2019
12:13 Frontex, EMSA and EFCA open second annual European Coast Guard Event
11:51 RF Navy’s Northern Fleet takes part in combat training missions as part of final check for winter training season
11:27 ASCO took part in TransRussia-2019
11:00 ZIM joins to blockchain shipping solution TradeLens
10:44 Shareholders agreement on construction of Lavna terminal signed under Murmansk Transport Hub project
10:28 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.1% to $71.69, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.09% to $63.82
10:09 ABS teams with industry leaders to improve container vessel safety
09:53 Keppel secures integration and upgrading contracts worth around S$160 million
09:37 Tri-City ports take part in Seatrade Cruise Global
09:36 Bunker Market this morning, April 18
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is up to 767 points

2019 April 17

19:00 SMS Towage’s Humber fleet adds new tug
18:36 CMA CGM has announced FAK rates from Asia to North Africa
18:06 DESMI's CompactClean Ballast Water Management System receives US Coast Guard Type Approval
17:36 Denmark's first new-build hybrid ferry on key passenger route
17:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
16:38 Matson receives new cranes at its Honolulu hub terminal
16:17 Stena Europe undergoes refit upgrades in Turkey
16:11 Kuehne + Nagel launches first online seafreight service solution with guaranteed lead time in container shipping
15:40 HELCOM addressed nutrients, stormwater and microlitter issues at PRESSURE 10-2019
15:04 Murmansk Commercial Seaport commissions dust and wind shields
14:39 Port of Riga and Port of Qingdao sign Cooperation Agreement
14:02 Damen launches two road ferries for Canadian operator BC Ferries
13:22 DNV GL awards CMHI AIPs for two new offshore designs
12:53 Pacific Fleet warships and Royal Thai Navy hold joint trainings in the Sea of Japan
12:31 Port of Cardiff prepares for start of 2019 cruise season
12:22 Tristar Group signs second major deal with Shell for 6 chemical tankers
12:06 Far East ports’ capacity exceeds that of Russian Railways by 30-40%
11:38 Gazprom Neft completed development of logistic scheme for shipments of Arctic oil under Novy Port project (video)
11:09 GTT posts revenues of €58.9 million in Q1 2019
10:45 Yury Gilts appointed as Managing Director of Volga Shipping Company
10:23 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.36% to $71.98, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.67% to $64.48
10:09 Arkona offshore wind farm switched on in the Baltic Sea
09:37 Bunker prices are slightly down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:34 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Apr.17
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 749 points
09:04 Keppel receives final approval for the conversion of Gimi FLNG project

2019 April 16

18:36 Bahri further strengthens market footprint in Asia-Pacific region
18:06 Talos Energy provides additional update on Zama appraisal program
17:50 SCF's “Green Finance” wins Marine Money award
17:36 Songa Bulk ASA to merge with Axxis Geo Solutions AS
17:21 Amphibious ships of RF Navy’s Northern Fleet take part in drills in the Barents Sea
17:06 Fincantieri delivers FREMM “Antonio Marceglia” to the Italian Navy
16:56 Scorpio Bulkers announces sale and leaseback agreements for six dry bulk vessels
16:43 Digital Container Shipping Association launched with Maersk exec installed as CEO
16:22 Nauticor commences supply of LNG by ship to the Gothia Tanker Alliance