A scoop for Rotterdam, the first container ship that runs on sustainable fuel oil

The Port of Rotterdam Authority fully supports the Goodshipping Program of IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, container shipping company CMA CG and the Dutch companies GoodFuels and Good Shipping. This is a test in which a CMA CGM container ship is bunkered with sustainable biofuel. Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority: "This bunkering shows that CO2 reduction in ocean shipping is quite possible. The Port of Rotterdam Authority therefore sees this initiative as a strong appeal to the shipping sector."

CO2 reduction of 80-90%

The Dutch company GoodFuels, pioneer and market leader in the field of advanced sustainable biofuels for the shipping industry, supplies sustainable bio-fuel oil. No modifications to the engine are required for this latest generation of biofuels. Other advantages: the production of this biofuel is not at the expense of food production and no existing forest is lost. The use of the bio-heating oil therefore ensures a CO2 reduction of no less than 80-90%. And with this the entire production process has been looked at, known as 'well-to-propeller'. In addition, almost all sulfur is eliminated. Not unimportant because from 2020 onwards, due to the new sulfur law, the entire shipping industry must switch to low-sulfur fuels.

Dutch initiative

The trial is part of The Goodshipping Program, a Dutch initiative aimed at global sea freight shippers such as IKEA. The aim is a CO2-neutral sea transport. In the commercialization of sustainable biofuels for the shipping industry, the role of commercial shippers such as IKEA is vital. Elisabeth Munck af Rosenschöld, Head of Sustainability, IKEA Global Transport & Logistics Services: “As IKEA we take our responsibility by making our sea transport more sustainable and stimulating this crucial development. Once the pilot has been successfully completed, we intend to have all our containers transported from Rotterdam with this sustainable biofuel."

Important step in energy transition

Finally, Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority: "The infrastructure needed for the energy transition is present in Rotterdam. To support projects to reduce CO2 emissions from shipping, the Port Authority is making € 5 million available for the period 2019-2023."