MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announced plans to start using biofuel in its vessels calling in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The company’s decision to use biofuel is in line with its strategic approach to sustainability.

Earlier this year, trials were concluded on vessels with a minimal 10% blend fuel. The company has decided to continue bunkering responsibly sourced biofuel blends on a regular basis.

After completion of further trials, MSC is now using much higher 30% blends.

MSC noted that the use of biofuel on container ships could help to cut emissions and improve air quality.

MSC Group Maritime Policy and Government Affairs executive vice-president Bud Darr said: “We are pleased to see these trials completed successfully and look forward to now using biofuel on our vessels as a routine matter.

“When using such blended fuel, we can expect an estimated 15%-20% reduction in absolute CO₂ emissions. The potential CO₂ reduction in the bio component of these fuels could reach 80%-90%, which we will monitor and confirm over time.”

Biofuels that are responsibly sourced are expected to serve as an alternative solution for the shipping sector to meet the 2030 International Maritime Organization (IMO) goals for CO₂ emissions intensity reduction.

It will also make significant progress towards the 2050 CO₂ emission reduction goals.

In a separate development, MSC has announced an investment in the largest container shipping investment programme in the industry to remain committed to maintaining its fleet green and efficient.

Last month, MSC signed an agreement with Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani Qatar) to use Hamad Port as its regional maritime hub from January next year.