Color Line’s two fast ropaxes, sailing between Denmark and Norway, have been running on B100 biofuel for over a month, supplied by Danish-based Bunker One.
The biofuel has been supplied to Color Line’s ‘SuperSpeed 1’ and ‘2’ ropaxes sailing between Hirtshals in Denmark and Larvik/Kristiansand in Norway.
With this switch to biofuel, Color Line’s two fast ferries have reduced CO2 emissions by around 85% on average on the biofuel quantities used, the bunker supplier claimed.
The numerous benefits of the B100 biofuel, such as CO2 emissions reduction, energy efficiency, and no required modifications to the vessels’ engines, have been the primary motivation behind Color Line’s piloting of low-carbon biofuel.
Having in-house technical expertise and extensive knowhow on lower carbon fuels, compliance, and the regulatory landscape for shipping, Bunker One found the best solution that accommodated Color Line’s needs, the company added.
With the EU ETS, which took effect on 1st January, and the FuelEU Maritime just under a year away, Bunker One has been preparing for the expected boost in demand for lower carbon fuels, such as biofuel.
For example, Bunker One’s team of specialists has been running numerous laboratory tests and provided technical guidance in connection with biofuel trials with clients.
“We are delighted with the results from our collaboration with Bunker One, who has been a long standing business partner to Color Line. We have drawn on their ability and technical expertise, and they have been instrumental in catering to our specific needs and thus ensuring a seamless and effective delivery,” said Per Erik Olsen, Color Line’s Executive Vice President Marine & Technical.
Through close collaboration and with a succession of technical meetings, Color Line and Bunker One developed a detailed delivery and operations plan.
“Our collaboration with Color Line on the supply of biofuel is a prime example of what we do best, which is tailoring solutions to the individual needs of our clients. We ensured that the timely deliveries to Color Line’s two passenger ferries were orchestrated with great attention to detail and co-ordination between all parties involved to match the short port stays of the ferries. And it is this quick transition that highlights the value of a close partnership between Color Line and Bunker One,” added Peter Zachariassen, Bunker One CEO.
Aware of the importance of reducing CO2 emissions from well to wake, Bunker One and Color Line agreed to source the high-quality B100 biofuel used in the two ferries from Danish DAKA ecoMotion.
The FAME-grade/RED II-compliant B100 biofuel is produced locally in Denmark from organic waste. According to DAKA ecoMotion, switching from fossil fuels to B100 biofuel can reduce GHG emissions by around 85%, compared to the transport diesel default value of 94gCO2eq/MJ.
Demand for lower carbon fuels is on the rise, brought on by the entering into force of the IMO CII, the recent adoption of the Fuel EU Maritime regulation, and the inclusion of shipping in the EU ETS, plus FuelEU Maritime entering into force in 2025.
Hence, Bunker One’s role has transcended from being a physical supplier to also offering expert advice on how clients can best ensure they adhere to current and upcoming regulations, the company said.
“By utilising cross-organisational synergies and teaming up with our sister company Global Risk Management, we can provide our clients with the necessary consultancy on EU ETS and advice on how they can best meet their policy targets, providing them with a type of one-stop-shop solution.
“For some time now we have been helping many of our customers to prepare for the EU ETS and the purchase of EUAs in a way that best fits their individual operating models,” Zachariassen said.