Hapag-Lloyd is carrying out a series of tests to reduce the CO2 emissions of its ships, including the use of a new environmentally friendly biofuel.

The Montreal Express has arrived at the Port of Rotterdam and uses the “B20” fuel, which consists of 80% low-sulphur fuel oil and 20% biodiesel based on cooking oils and fats previously used in catering services.

Biodiesel generates up to 90 per cent less CO2 emissions than conventional fuels.

Jörg Erdmann, Senior Director of Sustainability Management, stated that “by the end of this year, we want to have reduced our specific CO2 emissions by 50 percent compared to the base year 2008. Biofuels such as B20 can help us achieve this goal. This is because, in addition to having a low sulphur content, the fuel also emits less climate-damaging CO2 during combustion”.

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

Jan Christensen, Senior Director of Purchasing and Supply at Hapag-Lloyd, added that “we are checking whether the proportion of biodiesel has any adverse effects on the equipment and fuel processing on board the ship. If the test is successful, more ships in Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet could operate using B20 fuel in the future”.