Boskalis switches dredger to 100% biofuel

Dutch dredging and subsea specialist Royal Boskalis Westminster has partnered with GoodFuels to unveil Boskalis vessel Willem van Oranje as the first dredging vessel in the world to operate on 100% biofuel oil.

The vessel’s sulphur-free sustainable fuel consists entirely of used cooking oil, resulting in a carbon reduction of 90%.

Boskalis says the switch to biofuels is a result of the company’s ‘Boskalis on Bio’ pilot program, launched in 2015 in cooperation with Wärtsilä and GoodFuels.

Eimskip, Norden and Jumbo have all successfully trialed the use of biofuels with GoodFuels, who earlier this year extended a partnership to improve availability of biofuel to deepsea vessels leaving from Rotterdam

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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