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UECC CONTINUES BIODIESEL TRIALS, BACKED BY BMW

Thursday, June 11, 2020 

Continuing its three-month biofuel trial, shipowner UECC and the GoodShipping Program have partnered with car manufacturer BMW Group to continue to test marine Bio Fuel Oil (BFO) on UECC’s ro-ro car carrier vessels, starting with UECC’s 140m, 2,080-vehicle capacity 'Autosky'.

By covering the fuel premium for a biofuel volume corresponding to BMW Group’s freight that will be shipped on the Autosky during the trial period, BMW Group will be able to claim a CO2 emission reduction of 80 to 90% for these shipments, totalling more than 400t of carbon.

The first biofuel was delivered to Autosky on March 16, 2020 in Rotterdam. The trial will see subsequent further refuelling operations between March and July 2020. Autosky is currently testing BFO on the route between Zeebrugge, Belgium and Santander, Spain.

The BFO – based on cooking oil – being used for this trial was supplied by the GoodFuels. The marine biofuel ‘drops in’ to normal fuel tanks, is virtually SOx-free and delivers 80%-90% well-to-exhaust CO2 reduction versus fossil equivalents. According to UECC, this joint trial proves that the means to reduce the carbon footprint of global sea transport already exists and that second-generation advanced biofuels can be scaled to meet this demand.

Daniel Gent, Energy and Sustainability Manager, UECC, said: “At UECC, we want to support our customers and enable them to make proactive, conscious choices about their cargo transportation. BMW Group’s participation to continue our trial on our ro-ro vessel Autosky should therefore signal to the automotive sector that the means to decarbonise are readily available and that our vessels are equipped to meet this most important of challenges for the shipping industry.”

Anniek Sluis, Growth Captain, The GoodShipping Program, said: “We are delighted to have BMW Group join us for continuing this pioneering trial of marine biofuel within the ro-ro segment. Transportation logistics have a huge carbon impact, so the leadership shown by BMW Group to proactively take steps to decarbonise – and recognise that solutions are available – should act as a call for others in the sector to join us on this journey.”

UECC will continue to pursue further options for continuing marine biofuel uptake within the ro-ro segment.

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