IKEA and CMA CGM pilot biofuel voyage from Rotterdam

IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, CMA CGM, the GoodShipping Program and the Port of Rotterdam have today announced they will cooperate in a first of its kind partnership to test and scale the use of sustainable marine biofuel oil. The test will commence with a landmark bunkering of the marine biofuel oil on a CMA CGM container vessel on March 19, in what the companies claimed in a release marked a “major step towards the decarbonisation of ocean freight”.

The biofuel oil is completely derived from forest residues and waste oil products, with the parties involved saying it should deliver 80-90% well-to-propeller CO2 reduction versus fossil equivalents, and virtually eliminate sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions – all without any requirement for engine modifications.

Elisabeth Munck af Rosenschöld, head of sustainability, IKEA Global Transport & Logistics Services, said: “Through our pilot we want to show that the means for decarbonisation in terms of alternative fuels are available. We have a responsibility to do our part to reduce the impact of our ocean freight. Through our participation we send a signal to our customers and the ocean industry on our commitment to decarbonise. Only through collaboration can we achieve rapid, necessary change. With a successful pilot completed, our intention is to put the equivalent of at least all our containers out of Rotterdam on biofuel.”



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.
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