Samskip to power its container ships with marine biofuels
Dutch logistics group Samskip is planning to power part of its container ships with marine biofuels. To this end, the company has teamed up with GoodShipping, a shipping sustainable initiative. By using the new fuel, Samskip expects to decarbonise its services up to 80 per cent.
Samskip intends to significantly lower its carbon footprint. Within this policy, the Dutch multimodal company will power part of it fleet with marine biofuels. According to the plans, the new fuel will allow Samskip to reduce CO2 emissions up to 80 or even 90 per cent. This result will be achieved due to partnership with sustainable cargo initiative GoodShipping.
“Reducing fuel emissions and consumption is a vital next step for the maritime transport industry, so we are extremely pleased to have found a stable fulfilment outlet for our sustainable cargo streams with Samskip, deepening a long-term partnership that is helping to change the way our market thinks about future fuels,” said Katarin van Orshaegen, Commercial Lead at GoodShipping.
The joint project will be inaugurated on the Samskip Endeavour, the company’s container ship with a capacity of 800 TEU, which normally runs on traditional fuels. Two years ago, this vessel was a test site for demonstrating the viability of biofuels as a marine alternative to fossil fuels. The fossil-free bio-residual fuel, which is made from sustainable waste streams, will be bunkered to the Samskip Endeavour to sail on the shipping line between the Netherlands and Ireland. “We get to pioneer advanced marine biofuels, and the environment benefits from an immediate carbon reduction,” summarised Ásbjörn Gíslason, CCO and Deputy CEO at Samskip.