Samskip to run part of fleet on marine biofuels

Samskip to run part of fleet on marine biofuels
The Samskip Endeavour

Multimodal logistics company Samskip has entered into a formal agreement with sustainable cargo initiative GoodShipping to run part of its fleet on marine biofuels, achieving up to a 45 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions.

The companies plan to scale up to a CO2-reduction of 80 per cent for any given voyage later in 2021.

The Samskip Endeavour, an 800TEU capacity containership which normally runs on traditional fuels, kicked off the partnership by using sustainable biofuels in its recent sailings.

Two years ago the Samskip Endeavour was the first ever vessel to be biofuel-bunkered through the GoodShipping initiative, demonstrating the viability of biofuels as a marine alternative to fossil fuels. Made from sustainable waste streams, the fossil-free bio-residual fuel equivalent product has proved to be a successful substitute for conventional marine fuels as part of the vessel’s operations between the Netherlands and Ireland.

Under the renewed agreement, also in partnership with GoodShipping, biofuels supplier GoodFuels is supporting Samskip’s plan to rapidly extend the use of biofuels on more of its vessels this year. GoodFuels’ second-generation sustainable biofuels consist of certified feedstock, labelled as waste or residue. There are no land-use issues, no competition with food production or deforestation during the production process.

“Sustainability runs through Samskip as a core value from every perspective. Therefore, we take great pride in and welcome the collaboration with GoodShipping to strengthen our deep partnership, becoming one of their fulfilment and innovation partners,’’ said Ásbjörn Gíslason, CCO and Deputy CEO at Samskip. “We always aim to build a better future and to leave a positive footprint on our planet. By playing a forward-thinking and pioneering role in the energy transition, our customers can now benefit from a simple and easy means of decarbonising their cargo streams. We get to pioneer advanced marine biofuels, and the environment benefits from an immediate carbon reduction.”