CMA CGM bunkers biofuel for new project

CMA CGM bunkers biofuel for new project

IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, CMA CGM, the GoodShipping Program and the Port of Rotterdam have announced a partnership to test and scale the use of sustainable marine biofuel oil. CMA CGM’s container vessel will commence bunkering on March 19, marking the start of the testing phase.

The biofuel has been developed by GoodFuels. It is a second generation biofuel, derived from forest residues and waste cooking oil that has undergone three years of extensive engine testing with marine engine manufacturers. According to GoodFuels, the biofuel will deliver a reduction of 80-90 per cent of well-to-propeller CO2 emissions, compared with fossil fuel equivalents, and will virtually eliminate sulphur oxides (SOx) emissions.

Through this collaboration, IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, CMA CGM and the GoodShipping Program, supported by the Port of Rotterdam aim to demonstrate the scalability, sustainability and technical compliance of sustainable marine biofuel oil, and spur the wider continued development of realistic options to curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipping.

Elisabeth Munck af Rosenschöld, head of sustainability, IKEA Global Transport & Logistics Services, said: “Through our pilot we want to show that the means for decarbonisation in terms of alternative fuels are available. We have a responsibility to do our part to reduce the impact of our ocean freight. Through our participation we send a signal to our customers and the ocean industry on our commitment to decarbonise. Only through collaboration can we achieve rapid, necessary change. With a successful pilot completed, our intention is to put the equivalent of at least all our containers out of Rotterdam on biofuel.”

Xavier Leclercq, vice president, CMA Ships, commented: “In a few days, we will be testing second-generation biofuel in one of CMA CGM’s vessels for the first time. Having an HFO-equivalent solution in biofuel oil available with no engineering or operational changes required to our vessel offers a safe, manageable and innovative opportunity to facilitate shipping’s wider transition to new fuel solutions.”

Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, The GoodShipping Program, explained that the program aims to cut shipping’s carbon emissions as well as show that “the means to accelerate the energy transition are already available for the sector to grasp.”

The Port of Rotterdam has just started a four-year period to support decarbonisation initiatives, investing EUR 5 million. “The Port of Rotterdam considers this initiative by IKEA, CMA CGM and GoodShipping to be a strong rallying cry to the shipping industry. This bunkering shows that decarbonisation of sea trade is well achievable. It’s clear that shippers play an important role in decarbonising the industry,” Allard Castelein, CEO, Port of Rotterdam explained.