Tanker shipping company Stena Bulk has introduced low-carbon shipping options for its customers.

The move follows a successful Stena Bulk’s biofuel trial in April.

Biofuel is considered to be capable of shifting the shipping industry towards the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) greenhouse gas reduction targets without the need for new technology and zero-carbon fuels.

In April, Stena Bulk and GoodFuels completed the trial with an MR tanker that used 100% sustainable marine biofuel.

The testing of the biofuel oil (BFO) produced by GoodFuels was conducted on Stena Immortal.

The trial showcased the technical and operational feasibility of biofuels in regular tanker operations.

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The company is now extending the offerings with the introduction of low-carbon shipping options.

Customers can choose from 20% to 100% biofuels and the solutions can be built based on an offsetting programme where the biofuel is used for the Stena Bulk’s fleet.

They can use low-carbon shipping options, which are not based on the availability of fuel on the specific route.

Stena Bulk president and CEO Erik Hånell said: “Performing according to our customers’ expectations is our highest priority, and this setup allows us to continue to do that while also offering a service.

“It will be one way to take actions in meeting future requirements. This type of fuel is one step in many combined sustainable solutions that need to be considered and can be used today.”

Offering low-carbon shipping options is a part of the company’s aim to decrease the environmental footprint of tanker operations via innovation.

Hånell added: “We need to come together as an industry to find solutions that comply with future legislation.

“By working together, sharing experiences, risks and inspiring each other, we are convinced that we will meet the targets and ensure that shipping remains the most efficient and sustainable mode of transportation.”

Earlier this month, Stena Bulk introduced the prototype of the IMOFlexMAX, ‘next-generation product and chemical tanker’.