Biofuels have come to the maritime industry and clearly to stay!

The "main character role" in the "cast" of fuels for the future maritime industry seems to be awarded to hydrogen, with strong competition from others such as ammonia and methanol, with nuclear even mentioned as one of the options and, beyond fuels, batteries and wind-propulsion also gaining terrain. Biofuels won't become the "main character," but, undoubtedly, they will become relevant "members of the cast." Why do we say this? Here we share the headlines and brief excerpts of just four of the many news items published during the last six months covering this subject and from just one major maritime media—Splash247: 

"D'Amico gets into biofuels: D'Amico is stepping up its decarbonisation game to test biofuel blends on board its LR1 product tankers. For the purpose of the project, the Italian shipowner has joined forces with Trafigura, ABS, RINA, Lloyd's Register's Fuel Oil Bunker Analysis Advisory Service (FOBAS), the Liberian Registry and MAN Energy Solutions."

"Samskip signs up for biofuels: During an initial phase, the usage of biofuels will enable a CO2-reduction of up to 45%, with plans to scale this up to an 80% CO2-reduction for any given voyage later in 2021, Samskip said in a release. The first vessel to utilise biofuels is the Samskip Endeavour, an 800 teu capacity containership which normally runs on traditional fuels."

"Stolt Tankers trials biofuel on Atlantic crossing: The biofuel, produced from feedstocks, such as used cooking oil, tallow and waste animal fats, will be used on board the 37,000 dwt chemical tanker Stolt Inspiration on its travels from Rotterdam to Houston. The fuel is said to have the potential to deliver a well-to-exhaust CO2 reduction up to 90% compared to fossil fuel equivalents."
"Geodis to offer sustainable marine fuel service: French logistics company Geodis has launched a new offering for shippers, allowing them to use alternative fuel solutions at sea and in the air, something the company has already used in its road freight operations (...) Biofuels are currently the most effective way to significantly reduce the environmental footprint of transport activities."

Biofuels have come to the maritime industry and clearly to stay!