UECC trials biofuel in roll-on/roll-off vessel

United European Car Carriers (UECC) has partnered with marine biofuel producer GoodFuels to trial biofuel in its roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) vessel M/V Autosky.

The three-month trial using GoodFuels’ Bio-Fuel Oil (MR1-100, or BFO) will test 3,000 metric tonnes of sustainable biofuel on the vehicle carrier. The bio-bunkering of the vessel, which will take place in the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, will be the first in a series of bunkering operations due to take place between March and May 2020.

“At UECC, we pride ourselves on supporting sustainable solutions to the issues that our planet faces,” commented Daniel Gent, energy and sustainability manager at UECC. “We are excited to play a leading role in accelerating sustainable biofuel uptake for the ro-ro segment. This agreement demonstrates our commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of our existing tonnage and further complements the emissions reductions on our existing LNG fleet, as well as our LNG battery hybrid newbuilds.”

Isabel Welten, chief commercial officer, GoodFuels, added: “We are proud to be bunkering sustainable marine Bio-Fuel Oil on M/V Autosky, kicking off the first use of low-carbon fuels with our friends and partners at UECC. This trial will help UECC to further prove the applicability and technical suitability of biofuels for the ro-ro segment. Importantly, we also want to prove to leading car manufacturers that biofuels are a great way to immediately decarbonise their cargo and help change the sector for the better.”

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