Oldendorff joins biofuel trial with Australia’s CBH Group

Oldendorff joins biofuel trial with Australia’s CBH Group
The Edwine Oldendorff. Image source: Jan Mengel, Oldendorff

Oldendorff Carriers has partnered with the CBH Group to bunker biofuel on a grain vessel exporting from Australia. This is reportedly the first-time biofuel has been trialled on this type of vessel in Australia and is expected to produce about 15 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions for this journey than conventional fossil fuels.

CBH Marketing and Trading is shipping 30,000 tonnes of sustainably certified malting barley, supplied by bp, onboard the Edwine Oldendorff. The vessel departed from the Albany Grain Terminal bound for Vietnam on Sunday January 9.

CBH chief marketing and trading officer Jason Craig said the co-operative was proud to be pioneering efforts, alongside two of its global partners, to explore ways to reduce its carbon footprint along the supply chain.

“Customers across the world are increasingly seeking to source sustainable products, including sustainable grain,” Craig said.

“It is our role, as Australia’s leading grain exporter, to take the necessary steps to lower carbon emissions along our supply chain.

“Biofuel is one low-carbon option that could be part of the solution to reducing emissions in the shipping industry.”

The malting barley, which is accredited as sustainable under the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification program, is set for Vietnam’s malting company, Intermalt.

Intermalt services a number of brewing customers, the largest being Heineken, which has set a target of a carbon neutral value chain by 2040.

“We need to meet the growing market demand for sustainable or carbon reduced grain by being proactive, practical and adapting,” Craig said.

“By doing this, we are making sure we can continue to keep our WA growers competitive.”

The trial will provide information on how the vessel engine responds to biofuel, its speed and efficiency, and measure the emissions it produces.

Managing director at Oldendorff Carriers Melbourne, Ben Harper, said: “We are very pleased to be collaborating with industry leader CBH to trial biofuel in our vessel, Edwine Oldendorff. Collaboration is crucial for us all to learn and share information about the best paths in our efforts to decarbonise the supply chain.”