Hapag-Lloyd inks marine biofuel deal for ARA region


ExxonMobil has signed an agreement to supply Hapag-Lloyd with B30 marine biofuel oil in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region.

The marine biofuel delivery in ARA consisted in a 0.50 per cent sulphur residual-based fuel (VLSFO) processed with waste-based fatty acid methyl esters (FAME).

The resulting blend met ISO 8217:2017, while the FAME content complied with EN 14214.

The FAME components were ISCC-certified 2nd generation, meaning that they do not compete for water and agricultural resources used for food production. 

According to ExxonMobil’s recent statement, the fuel, which can deliver a carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction of up to 87 per cent for the bio-component, offers vessel operators a workable solution when looking to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from their operations.

“This agreement and delivery marks an important development for both ExxonMobil and our customers,” said Aly Abdelmotaal, Regional Marine Marketing Manager, ExxonMobil.

“By boosting our biofuel offer we can now further support the marine industry’s commitment to reducing GHG emissions, in line with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) stated ambitions,” Abdelmotaal added.

READ: Hapag-Lloyd launches climate-friendly transport solution

“We aim to have net-zero greenhouse gas emissions for our entire fleet by 2045 by using alternative fuels,” said Jan Christensen, Senior Director, Global Fuel Purchasing, at Hapag-Lloyd.

“Bunkering ExxonMobil’s marine biofuel oil blend is yet another step towards turning our commitment into a reality.”

Earlier in the year, German freight forwarder, DB Schenker, signed an agreement with MSC for the use of 12,000 metric tonnes of biofuel components for all of DB Schenker’s consolidated cargo, less-than-container load (LCL), full-container-load (FCL) and reefer containers.

More recently, HMM signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GS Caltex to secure marine biofuels.

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