The bunkering took place on 9 October in Dutch waters in line with EPS’ environmental, social and governance policy. The company said the policy calls for the testing and using alternative marine fuels to significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions.
EPS was supplied with a residual-fuel equivalent biofuel oil (BFO). The BFO’s performance will be tested and analysed on Pacific Beryl and other classes of EPS-managed ships in the near future.
EPS said the biofuel trial highlights the company’s readiness to invest in biofuels. EPS chief executive Cyril Ducau said “We are fully committed to investing in and taking action to lower our carbon footprint. At EPS, we believe that sustainability begins with accountability, which is why we are taking a mixed marine fuel approach towards reducing our emissions.
“We are already implementing LNG and LPG across 30 of our newbuilds, but we need to look at other options for our existing fleet. Biofuels, such as the advanced, sustainable biofuels supplied by Goodfuels, provides us with a solution that matches our values and sustainability agenda. Our whole team is looking forward to the results of this trial and expects biofuels to be another example of not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good.”
Goodfuels’ chief operating officer Bart Hellings said “This announcement marks yet another important milestone in accelerating the energy transition within shipping. We are delighted this test with EPS was a success and want to thank them for fully embracing a carbon-busting solution that is scalable, truly sustainable, technically compliant and affordable.”