Chemical tanker completes voyage sailing on 100 per cent biofuel

Chemical tanker completes voyage sailing on 100 per cent biofuel

The chemical tanker Monax has successfully completed a voyage using 100 per cent sustainable marine biofuel. The news was confirmed by Stolt Tankers, its technical manager Synergy Group, investment manager Tufton, and biofuels supplier GoodFuels.

The biofuel, derived from feedstocks such as used cooking oil and waste animal fats, was used on board the 20,762 DWT tanker on its voyage from North Europe to Canada. This biofuel delivers a well-to-exhaust CO2 reduction of between 80 per cent and 90 per cent compared to fossil fuel equivalents, without requiring modifications to the engine or the fuel infrastructure.

Monax is one of the seven Tufton vessels that operate under the Stolt Tankers Joint Service (STJS) Deep-Sea Fleet pool. The use of this biofuel is in line with both Tufton’s and Stolt Tankers’ ambition to significantly reduce the carbon emissions from their combined fleets. As part of the pooling arrangement, both organisations have also agreed to partner on sustainability and environmental projects, including this biofuel testing programme.

Lucas Vos, president, Stolt Tankers said: “It’s great to see the positive results of the biofuel trial and I am pleased that Stolt Tankers and Tufton have taken the first step in our mutual commitment to protecting the environment. We are committed to working with our partners to explore new technologies as the industry moves towards a carbon-neutral future while continuing to provide customers with the highest levels of quality and safety that they expect from us.”