MPC Container Ships and INERATEC ink partnership for sustainable marine diesel


MPC Container Ships (MPCC) and INERATEC have signed an agreement for the supply of synthetic Marine Diesel Oil (MDO) made from biogenic CO2 and renewable hydrogen.

Delivery of the MDO has been set to start in 2024.

The shipping industry is undertaking great efforts to decarbonise, and due to its drop-in compatibility, synthetic MDO can directly replace conventional fossil fuels used today by existing vessels. 

Early collaboration between e-fuel providers and offtakers across industries is an important factor for scaling up production volumes and driving decarbonisation. 

With this agreement, MPC Container Ships kickstarts the transition towards carbon neutral, synthetic diesel in the shipping sector.

This agreement comes not a year after MPCC ordered two carbon-neutral 1,300 TEU vessels from Chinese shipyard, Taizhou Sanfu Ship Engineering, in a bid to establish a green transportation corridor in Northern Europe, as part of a greater effort towards a sustainable future.

“While there will be a variety of different fuels in the future, the synthetic MDO produced by INERATEC is of particular relevance as it can be used both in conventional combustion engines on our existing vessels and as pilot fuel for our methanol powered new buildings,” said CEO of MPC Container Ships, Constantin Baack.

“As a key building block of the decarbonisation of our industry, we expect that green fuels may come to be included as part of vessel hire, in which case it will be vital for MPCC to have a strong relationship with fuel providers,” Baack continued.

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INERATEC has already started the manufacturing phase for its pioneer plant in Frankfurt, where the majority of the sustainable fuel will be produced. 

After the commissioning phase, it will deliver up to 3.5 million liters of SAF (sustainable aviation fuel), marine Diesel and synthetic chemicals to transform industries. 

The German clean tech company will then lead the ramp-up of e-fuel production at additional sites world-wide, reducing megatons of CO2 emissions and thus fueling the climate-friendly future.

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