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Monday, February 3, 2020 

Hapag-Lloyd has begun bunkering bio-diesel fuel in order to reduce CO2 emissions generated by its fleet.

The container vessel Montreal Express recently refuelled in Rotterdam with eco-friendly B20 fuel, which consists of 80% low-sulphur fuel oil and 20% biodiesel, based on cooking oils and fats that had previously been used in the food service/catering industry. The biodiesel is claimed to generate up to 90% lower CO2 emissions than conventional fuels. With this test, Hapag-Lloyd is taking another step towards reaching its ambitious climate-protection goals.

“By the end of this year, we want to have reduced our specific CO2 emissions by 50% compared to the reference year 2008. Biofuels like ‘B20’ can help us reach this target. This is because, in addition to having a low sulphur content, the fuel also emits less climate-damaging CO2 during combustion,” said Jörg Erdmann, Hapag Lloyd Senior Director Sustainability Management.

Hapag-Lloyd intends to use the test run with the Montreal Express, which operates in the St Lawrence Coordinated Service 2 (AT 2) between Europe and Canada, to gain experience and information on the properties of the fuel in real-world use.

“We are checking to see whether the share of biodiesel has any adverse effects on the equipment and the fuel processing on board the vessel. If the test is successful, more ships from Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet could operate using the ‘B20’ fuel in future,” said Jan Christensen, Senior Director Purchasing and Supply, Hapag-Lloyd.

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