Port of Amsterdam Expects 25% CO2 Reduction Through Marine Biofuel Use

Friday March 10, 2017

The Port of Amsterdam Thursday announced that vessels in its fleet will now run on fuel containing 30 percent biodiesel, reducing CO2 emissions by 25 percent compared to conventional diesel.

The port notes that, following a successful pilot, GoodFuels Marine has been awarded the tender to supply the Port of Amsterdam's fleet of five patrol vessels with the biodiesel bunkers.

"Clean shipping is a key spearhead of our sustainability strategy. Part of this strategy entails making our own patrol vessels more sustainable. Using marine biofuels enables us to reduce our own CO2 by 25 percent, which is a good step in the right direction," said Marleen van de Kerkhof, Port of Amsterdam Harbour Master.

Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO of GoodFuels Marine, explains "in order to accelerate the development towards clean and low-carbon shipping" the company will further invest in storage, production, and distribution of sustainable marine biofuels at the port.

Tjerk Wagenaar, Director of Natuur & Milieu, commenting on the news said: "Port of Amsterdam is taking a great step forward in making its operations more sustainable through this measure.

"The transition to sustainable advanced biofuels is an excellent example of how shipping can reduce its CO2 emissions."

In December, Ship & Bunker reported that Astrid Sonneveld, director of International Business Development Marine at GoodFuels said drop-in biofuels could account for as much as 10 percent of the global marine fuel mix by 2030.