Western Bulk takes its first delivery of carbon-offset biofuel

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Norway-based dry bulk shipping company Western Bulk has announced that it has taken its first delivery of carbon-offset bio-blend bunker fuel (B30).

The delivery was handled by TFG Marine and consisted of 750mt of B30 VLSFO bunker fuel supplied to the Beks Ceyda bulk carrier in the Port of Rotterdam. Full lifecycle emissions from production to supply and consumption of the B30 fuel have been compensated through carbon credits.

“TFG Marine now regularly delivers biofuels to customers in the ARA [Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp] region and is supporting customers such as Western Bulk to minimize and offset the carbon emissions generated from their shipping voyages, through Trafigura’s portfolio of carbon reduction projects that are verified by leading registries,” commented Kenneth Dam, global head of bunkering at TFG Marine. “We assist customers with the measurement and reporting of the emissions associated with each voyage and offer a range of carbon reduction initiatives to help them achieve their emissions reduction goals.”

By utilizing a blend of conventional VLSFO and biofuel, it is estimated that Beks Ceyda will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25% compared with using VLSFO alone. The approximately 2,200mt of remaining CO2 e carbon emissions associated with the B30 delivery were offset via nature-based Verified Carbon Standard credits with triple gold CCB (Climate, Community, Biodiversity Standards) certification.

“Being able to combine biofuel with carbon offsets to reduce our carbon footprint is an important new tool for our business,” explained Jonas Larsen, head of bunkers and derivatives at Western Bulk. “These are the first steps toward meeting our long-term targets and to providing reduced emissions for our customers.

“Our industry needs to adapt to the required reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. This delivery shows that we are moving in the right direction as we were able to sail the MV Beks Ceyda for almost two months and complete two voyages with a combined greenhouse gas impact close to zero.”

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