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.