Stena Bulk, GoodFuels successfully complete trial of sustainable marine biofuel

Stena Bulk and GoodFuels have reported the successful completion of at-sea trials of a new sustainably-sourced biofuel for oceangoing vessels.

The 49,646DWT MR tanker Stena Immortal received the first delivery of the biofuel oil during its recent call at the Port of Rotterdam. The fuel, which GoodFuels launched in 2018, is completely derived from forest residues and waste oil products.

The biofuel oil is also claimed to be able to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by as much as 83 per cent as well as substantially reduce SOx emissions.

The trial was completed on Stena Immortal as the ship ran in typical commercial operation. Stena Bulk said the tests were successful as these proved that GoodFuels’ biofuel oil was a “technically compliant alternative” to fossil fuels for oceangoing vessels and therefore ensures compliance with the IMO 2020 sulphur cap, GHG reduction requirements, and upcoming regulations to reduce carbon intensity from shipping.

Stena Bulk and GoodFuels are expected to continue their cooperation in developing the use of biofuel oil as an alternative to conventional fossil-based fuel.

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