AIDA bunkers sustainable biofuels at Rotterdam

2022-07-23T21:15:23+00:00 July 23rd, 2022|Environment|

Bunker supplier, GoodFuels, has recently completed its first bio-bunkering for an AIDA Cruises vessel, part of the Carnival Corp empire.

’AIDAprima’, a ‘Hyperion’ class cruise ship, was refuelled with GoodFuels’ sustainable biofuels while berthed at Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. The trial took place while the vessel was on a seven-day cruise, visiting Hamburg, Southampton, Le Havre, and Zeebrugge.

GoodFuels’ sustainable biofuel is derived from feedstocks that are certified as 100% waste or residue, with no land-use issues and no competition with food production or de-forestation.

This enables a well-to-exhaust CO2 reduction of 80 to 90% when compared to fossil fuels. Thanks to its ‘drop in’ properties, ’AIDAprima’ was bunkered with biofuel without requiring any modifications to her engines or tanks.

The successful bio-bunkering demonstrates AIDA Cruises’ commitment to investing in new low carbon emissions technologies as part of its long-term de-carbonisation strategy.

It also provides a blueprint for the wider cruise sector on how to accelerate the adoption of alternative fuels in large-scale passenger ships, GoodFuels said.

Following the first bio-bunkering, follow-up deliveries are envisioned by AIDA Cruises, as well as a potential for expansion to other brands under the Carnival Corp banner.

Dirk Kronemeijer, GoodFuels CEO, said: “This first bio-bunkering with AIDA Cruises marks an exciting step forward on the cruise industry’s de-carbonisation pathway, demonstrating that our sustainable biofuels are a safe, technically viable and convenient option to drastically cut down emissions from passenger vessels.

“As the effects of climate change are felt acutely in several parts of the world, the time for action is now, and biofuels are one of the few options that can already make a difference today. We are delighted to have worked alongside the trail-blazers at AIDA Cruises in the past few months to make this milestone a reality, and we look forward to collaborating again in the future,” he said.

Felix Eichhorn, President AIDA Cruises, added: “We continue to actively explore all opportunities to de-carbonise our fleet while advancing efficiency in line with international carbon intensity reduction targets.

“With the successful start of biofuel usage, we have proven that gradual de-carbonisation is possible even on ships already in service. An important prerequisite for us as a cruise line to be able to use it, is that it becomes widely available on an industrial scale and at marketable prices,” he said.