Royal Boskalis Westminster (Boskalis) has partnered with GoodFuels and Wärtsilä for a two-year pilot programme for the development of sustainable, scalable and affordable marine bio-fuels.
Under the programme, several next generation bio-fuels will be tested at the Wärtsilä laboratory in Vaasa, Finland, followed by ‘sea trials’ that will be carried out on vessels within Boskalis’ fleet.
The programme will focus on delivering and analysing a sustainable feedstock, securing industry certification while preparing for large-scale production.
The consortium will initiate a global scalability study to identify opportunities for scaling supply to the global commercial shipping fleet.
The study is expected to involve evaluation from leading ship-owners, universities, NGOs, ports, biofuel companies and other industry stakeholders.
To ensure the sustainability of the product, a sustainability advisory board consisting of leading NGOs and academics has been constituted by GoodFuels Marine.
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According to the consortium, the bio-fuels which are not part of the marine fuel mix have the potency to reduce emissions that no other fuel can currently achieve, without a capital-intensive fleet renewal or retrofitting.
Image: A boat from Boskalis’ fleet. Photo: courtesy of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V.