MSC Becomes First Major Shipping Line To Use 30% Biofuel Blends
Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) announced the usage of biofuel in its ships that are calling in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
After completing successful trials with biofuel this year, MSC has decided to go ahead with the bunkering of biofuel blends regularly.
10% blend fuel were used in the trials. Now, the higher 30% blends are being used by the company for trials. “We are pleased to see these trials completed successfully and look forward to now using biofuel on our vessels as a routine matter.
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When using such blended fuel, we can expect an estimated 15-20% reduction in absolute CO2 emissions,” said Bud Darr, Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy & Government Affairs, MSC Group. “The potential CO2 reduction in the bio component of these fuels could reach 80-90%, which we will monitor and confirm over time”, he continues.
The use of responsibly sourced biofuels will offer an alternate option to the shipping industry in order to meet the CO2 emission reduction level 2030 set by IMO. This will also be a major step towards the achievement of 2050 levels. Emissions can be reduced and the quality of air can be improved massively with the use of biofuel on container ships.
MSC is committed to the implementation of plans that will help modernize its eco-friendly and efficient fleet by the largest container shipping investment program in the industry.