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Color Line converts two ships to biofuel

Caption: © Color Line

The Norwegian ferry operator Color Line is using 100% biofuel on two of its passenger ferries. This should significantly reduce CO2 emissions.

For almost a month now, bunkering company Bunker One has been supplying Color Line’s “SuperSpeed 1” and “SuperSpeed 2” ferries, which operate between Hirtshals in Denmark and Larvik and Kristiansand in Norway, with B100 biofuel. By switching to biofuel, the two passenger ferries have reduced CO2 emissions by an average of 85% of the amount of biofuel used, according to the shipping company. [ds_preview]

“The numerous advantages of the B100 biofuel, such as the reduction inCO2 emissions, energy efficiency and the fact that no modifications to the ship’s engines are required, were the main motivation for Color Line to use the low-carbon biofuel,” says the shipping company.

Bunker One has been preparing for the expected increase in demand for lower-carbon fuels such as biofuel for just under a year, with the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and the EU FuelEU Maritime Regulation coming into force on January 1. Laboratory tests were carried out and customers were supported in the testing of biofuels. Through close collaboration and successive technical meetings, Color Line and Bunker One developed a detailed supply and operational plan.

The FAME/RED II compliant B100 biofuel is produced on-site in Denmark from organic waste. According to DAKA ecoMotion, by switching from fossil fuels to B100 biofuel, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by around 85% compared to the standard value for transport diesel of 94 g CO2eq/MJ.

“The demand for lower carbon fuels is increasing with the entry into force of the IMO CII, the recent adoption of the FuelEU Maritime Regulation and the inclusion of shipping in the EU ETS and FuelEU Maritime, which comes into force in 2025,” says Bunker One. As a result, the company’s role has changed from a pure supplier to a service provider that can offer its customers advice on compliance.

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