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Ground-breaking marine test success for Finnish sustainable biofuel

Ground-breaking marine test success for Finnish sustainable biofuel

Sep 9, 2016
Bioproducts & materials
Bioenergy & biofuels
Marine & shipping

UPM's sustainable wood-based drop-in biofuel UPM BioVerno has performed successful marine fleet live tests conducted by Boskalis, the leading global dredging and marine expert, and GoodFuels Marine, the leading provider of sustainable marine biofuels to the global commercial shipping fleet. UPM BioVerno is the first ever biofuel derived from wood residue used in a marine fleet.

The tests were conducted on a vessel working on the Dutch Marker Wadden nature restoration project in the middle of the Markermeer lake. Boskalis vessel "EDAX", a 1696 deadweight tonne (DWT) cutter suction dredger, has successfully used the fuel in bio/fossil blends going up to 50% as it worked on the first phase of the Marker Wadden project in the first half of 2016. This resulted in a CO2 saving of 600Mt over the operating period.

The testing of this fuel marks yet another landmark to accelerate the development of truly sustainable, scalable and affordable marine biofuels by the marine biofuels consortium that was announced in 2015 by GoodFuels Marine, Boskalis and Wärtsilä, the global supplier of engines and power systems to the marine industry.

All fuels being "live" tested on board of Boskalis vessels, including UPM BioVerno, were first extensively ground tested at the Wärtsilä’s lab in Vaasa, Finland.

"We are extremely proud to add UPM Biofuels as a new partner in our ground-breaking test program with Boskalis and Wärtsilä. This co-operation will help to further accelerate supply of truly sustainable biofuel to the global maritime industry," says Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO of GoodFuels Marine.

Sustainable marine biofuels offer ship operators a way to reduce a vessel's CO2 emissions by 80-90%. They eliminate SOx emissions, cut NOx emissions by 10% and reduce particulate matter (PM) expelled in a ship's exhaust plume by 50%. Current forecasts predict that marine biofuels could make up 5-10% of the marine fuel mix by 2030, significantly contributing towards the reduction of the shipping industry's carbon footprint.

"It is extremely encouraging to see GoodFuels Marine leading the way - together with Boskalis - towards the use of more sustainable, advanced biofuels on Dutch ships. This project is a true example for both the shipping and the biofuels industry of how to apply waste and residue-based biofuels," comments Maarten van Biezen, Mobility Policy Director at Dutch NGO Natuur & Milieu.

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