Jan de Nul dredger marks biofuel milestone

The Alexander von Humboldt trailing suction hopper dredger has completed 2,000 hours of operation using 100% renewable second generation biofuel oil – the longest continuous use of 100% sustainable marine fuel in the maritime sector.

The dredger was refuelled at various stages over the last nine months in collaboration with MAN Energy Solutions and GoodFuels and its fossil CO2 emissions have been cut by 85%.

The vessel consumed the biofuel while conducting maintenance dredging works in Flemish seaports and the United Kingdom.

Michel Deruyck Head of Energy at Jan De Nul Group commented: ‘We will further explore the use of biofuel on other vessels, and continue the aim to achieve decarbonisation within our business. It’s also paramount to involve our clients to meet these ambitious carbon reductions, since it’s certainly not the most economical option of the fossil-dominated fuel supply industry.

‘Moreover, this transitional biofuel solution needs to be a sustainable primary energy source. We are open to all other sustainable primary energy sources, but for the time being most of them are financially not competitive within the existing regulatory frameworks.’

Peter Jonckheere, Chief Engineer of the Alexander von Humboldt, added: ‘This sustainable marine biofuel is not only a green solution, it is also a high-quality fuel to run our engines on.’

Deruyck continued: ‘With our choice of this sustainable marine biofuel, we want to prove to the governments and our clients that if they have climate ambitions and incorporate these in the selection procedures, the industry is ready for it. It is very important now that the right policies and regulations follow to leverage the full potential of biofuel oil.

‘Research into fuels of the future is useful, but it should not prevent us from using sustainable solutions already available today for the much-needed energy transition within the shipping industry.’

Lesley Bankes-Hughes

Lesley Bankes-Hughes