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Spar Shipping AS and ship manager Fleet Management Limited have announced that a 10-day trial using GoodFuels’ sustainable biofuel on board the Spar Lynx bulk carrier achieved a reduction of at least 75% in carbon and sulphur emissions.

Spar Lynx was refuelled with GoodFuels’ biofuel during a port stay in Dordrecht in the Netherlands, before sailing to the Turkish port of Icdas. The next-generation sustainable biofuel was derived from a variety of feedstocks certified as 100% waste or residue, including processed used cooking oil, tallow, and animal waste fats.

The trial was the first bio-bunkering undertaken by Bergen-headquartered Spar Shipping AS and its ship management partner, Fleet Management Limited. 

Over the voyage, Spar Lynx saw an 85% cut in sulphur oxides (SOx) emissions when compared to traditional fossil-based marine fuels.

In a joint statement issued today (28 July), the companies noted that, ‘contrary to some industry assumptions’, analysis and continuous monitoring by Fleet Management Ltd using a NOx (nitrogen dioxide and nitric oxide) meter supplied by GoodFuels showed that NOx emissions did not increase at a higher speed when using biofuel.

Ahead of the trial, Fleet Management Limited inspected Spar Lynx’s engine to compare the vessel before and after sailing. Following the voyage, no particulates or differences in engine performance were recorded.

Jarle Ellefsen, Managing Director at Spar Shipping AS, commented: ‘There is particular industry attention on the suitability and applicability of biofuels to legacy tonnage. With regards to Supramax and Ultramax tonnage, which Spar Shipping AS represents, we consider biofuels may well be the only viable sustainable solution for modern tonnage as well. 

'As a tonnage provider, we are looking to facilitate and make feasible sustainable solutions that are technically as well as economically viable. It is all about providing added flexibility to the charterers or operators of existing tonnage.’

He continued: ‘Sustainability is also about affordability, and part of the picture is to enable the biofuels industry to scale up and secure both availability as well as low-cost sustainable biofuel alternatives for the maritime industry. The sustainable biofuels industry needs takers to be able to scale up, and the maritime industry is looking for availability and low cost. To this end, we all have a role to play.’


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