Holland America Line completed the cruise industry’s first multiweek test of biofuels onboard Volendam at Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The 20-day test was conducted in partnership with Good Fuels, a leading producer and supplier of sustainable biofuels for the transportation industry, and a global leader in power and propulsion technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine market.
The assessment was completed on September 7. In the first five days of the test, the ship used a mix of 30% biofuel and 70% marine gas oil (MGO) in one of its main auxiliary engines. For the final 15 days of testing, the ship used 100% biofuel. According to Good Fuels, there was a 78% decrease in lifecycle CO2 emissions during the final 15 days of the trial compared to marine gas oil emissions.
Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line said: “We were excited to have this opportunity to test a next-generation fuel resource on a Holland America Line ship, and we are very encouraged by the results,”. “As part of our commitment to sustainability, we have always looked for cutting-edge solutions to environmental challenges that will help us meet Carnival Corporation’s sustainability goals over the coming decades.”
Dutch-flagged Volendam was chosen for the test since it was located at the Port of Rotterdam, one of the global ports where Good Fuels operates the infrastructure necessary to provide biofuel waterside fueling services. There is no significant difference for the ship’s team members in handling regular fuel oil versus biofuel. The use of a “drop-in” biofuel such as the one tested on Volendam requires no shipboard refitting or special equipment.
What Are Biofuels?
The advanced biofuel is derived from feedstocks that are certified as 100% waste or residue, with no land-use issues and no competition with food production or deforestation.
Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO and founder of Good Fuels said: “Marine biofuel is already the biggest low carbon marine fuel in the world and we expect usage to rise sharply to 10% of total volume by 2030,”
Supporting Corporate Sustainability
Holland America Line is the first Carnival Corporation brand to run a long-term 100% biofuel shipboard test. Carnival Corporation’s German brand AIDA also partnered with Good fuels in July to run a blended biofuel test on board AIDAprima in Rotterdam. While biofuels have been tested on large diesel engines at shoreside research facilities and on a few cargo ships, these represented the first live tests on working cruise ships.