Norden trials used vegetable oil as a fuel

Norden trials used vegetable oil as a fuel

Denmark’s Norden has become the latest shipowner to offer clients shipments powered by vegetable oil.

Norden’s CEO Jan Rindbo said in an interview with Bloomberg his company has trialled vegetable oil as a fuel this year and will roll it out as a service for clients looking to green their supply chains from next year.

In a release today, Rindbo said: “Now that we have proven CO2 neutral transport as a viable alternative, I am convinced many carbon conscious customers within a foreseeable future will demand this type of transport.”

The test voyage was conducted in September on a ballast trip from Rotterdam in the Netherlands to Tallinn in Estonia, on the 37,000 dwt product tanker Nord Highlander.

Netherlands-based GoodFuels Marine, a venture partially backed by Vitol Group’s Varo Energy, will supply the fuel, which is used vegetable oil.

In September this year used cooking oil was used in a landmark container voyage in Europe onboard the 800 teu Samskip Endeavour, also using GoodFuels Marine’s fuel.

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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