Danish shipping company Norden has formed a partnership with Kvasir Technologies to develop sustainable ship biofuel from plant material.

Kvasir is a spinout of the Technical University of Denmark.

Norden’s partnership with Kvasir is part of the company’s efforts to make shipping more sustainable.

As part of the 3.5-year collaboration, a full-scale test of Kvasir’s fuel will be conducted on one of Norden’s vessels.

The testing will focus on exploring biofuel characteristics and prove its suitability for future use.

In the process, Norden will continuously share its insights into the vessel handling and the properties the fuel must have to be a viable and functioning option.

Norden Fuel Efficiency and Decarbonisation manager Henrik Røjel said: “At Norden, we want to drive the shipping industry towards a cleaner future. If we are to truly make a difference, testing fuel alternatives is the right starting point.

“The collaboration with Kvasir is highly welcomed, both as part of our aim to be a front runner in the decarbonisation agenda and because companies thinking outside the box is a necessity in the process of finding the solutions of tomorrow.”

The latest collaboration is part of ShippingLab joint industry initiative, which focuses on developing Danish competences in the fields of digitalisation, autonomous shipping and environment-friendly technology.

The Danish Maritime Fund, Innovation Fund Denmark, Orient’s Fund and Lauritzen Fonden are supporting the initiative.

Røjel added: “Norden wants to be a front runner in this phase of experimentation and help gather intelligence that will hopefully make a positive impact on greenhouse gas emissions and help the industry reach the ambitious goal for 2050 set by the International Maritime Organization.”