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A new collaboration between commercial vessel operator GPS Marine and Green Biofuels has seen the deployment of a new bunker barge on the River Thames to supply hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) GreenD+ fuel.

The companies commenced their partnership last year by bunkering the Thames Tideway Tug pulling barges with GreenD+ to one of London’s largest construction projects: the new ‘Super Sewer’.

This week, their new fuel bunker barge, the Dispenser will be refuelling the tug delivering tunnel lining ring segments for the Thames Tideway Central Section as well as supplying other commercial vessels on and around the Thames. 

The Dispenser, a refurbished barge, is expected to help make an annual carbon emissions saving equivalent to 3,861 tonnes of CO2e. Green Biofuels has worked in conjunction with GPS Marine and Stolthaven Terminal to allow the Dispenser to load directly from the terminal to the river, removing the need for on-road delivery tankers in the supply chain to fuel river vessels.

According to Green Fuels, independent tests at the Millbrook specialist vehicle testing facility have shown that compared to standard diesel emissions, Green D+ has up to an 85% reduction in particulates, and up to a 30% reduction in nitrogen oxides (NOx).

In further independent trials with Red Funnel Ferries in 2018, Green Fuels says switching from marine gasoil to Green D+ resulted in emissions reductions of up to 30% NOx and 70% of total particulate matter.

John Spencer, CEO of GPS Marine, said: ‘We are both proud and excited to be working with the passionate team at Green Biofuels. Using GreenD+, we don’t have to wait for government policy or intervention, we can make a difference right now.

‘By using GreenD++, we dramatically improve the sustainability and overall CO2e savings benefits with little or no effect on reliability or cost effectiveness.

‘Not only do we want to see a cleaner and greener Thames, but removing the need for on-road fuel delivery vehicles also helps to clean London’s air. After moving our entire Thames based fleet to a drop-in advanced fuel, we hope to set an example for other fleets to take environmental responsibility into their own hands – and put words into action.’

Commenting on the launch of the Dispenser, Magnus Hammick, COO of Green Biofuels said: ‘GPS Marine are backing up their commitment to reducing air pollution and carbon emissions on the Thames with real action, and that deserves celebrating.

‘We’re very proud to be partnered with one of London’s foremost river operators in helping them achieve their environmental goals, and becoming aligned with the aims of the PLA (Port of London Authority) to achieve Net Zero for the river too.’

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