Cooking oil used in landmark container voyage

Used cooking oil has been used in a landmark container voyage. Organised by sustainable shipping initiative GoodShipping Program, 22,000 litres of hydrotreated vegetable oil was used on a voyage on the 800 teu Samskip Endeavour earlier this month.

GoodShipping claims the decision to use the biofuels from GoodFuels Marine cut the boxship voyage’s carbon footprint by 40 tons of carbon dioxide.

“With this first bunkering, GoodShipping shows that it is possible for cargo owners to influence the carbon footprint of the sea freight in their supply chain,” GoodShipping stated in a release.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. Boat carrying (presumably mainly) fish, powered with used cooking oil. At least the sailors won’t starve if they get stranded 🙂

  2. Mrs.D.Mobley September 18th, 2018 2:55p.m.

    I think that this idea was remarkably, amazing because this gives us an alternative to use in these big tankers, My Dad tested,this refined cooking oil in his earth tractor runs perfectly smooth after so many test, maybe it will be used in ocean liners…going global….hooray, for a carbon footprints!!!

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