Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 16:40 by ce-press
On July 22, GoodFuels completed its first bio-bunkering for a large passenger ship in partnership with AIDA Cruises, marking an important step forward to achieving sustainability in the cruise industry.
AIDAprima was refuelled during a port visit to Rotterdam. The trial took place while the vessel was on a seven-day cruise visiting Hamburg, Southampton, Le Havre and Zeebrugge.
The next generation sustainable 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.
It enables a well-to-exhaust CO2 reduction of 80 to 90 percent when compared to fossil fuels, according to GoodFuels. Due to its ‘drop-in’ properties, the ship was bunkered without requiring any modifications to the engine or tanks.
Felix Eichhorn, president AIDA Cruises, comments: “With the successful start of biofuel usage, we have proven that gradual decarbonisation is possible even on ships already in service.
“An important prerequisite for us as a cruise line to be able to use it is that it becomes widely available on an industrial scale and at marketable prices.”