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Berge Bulk, GoodFuels successfully complete 1st bunkering of marine biofuel

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Marine biofuel supplier GoodFuels and independent dry bulk owner Berge Bulk announced July 6 the successful completion of a recent bunkering of advanced marine biofuel from 100 percent sustainable feedstock onboard the 181,403 deadweight tonnage bulk carrier Berge Tsurugi.

As part of Berge Bulk’s industry-leading ambition to be carbon neutral by 2025, Berge Tsurugi received a delivery of GoodFuels’ sustainable biofuel June 3 during its call to the Port of Rotterdam.

GoodFuels’ advanced marine biofuel enables a reduction of 80 to 90 percent in carbon emissions, and substantially reduces SOx emissions, even vs. very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO) and marine gas oil (MGO).

The announcement comes at the start of a new partnership between GoodFuels and Berge Bulk that will see the companies explore further opportunities to deploy sustainable marine biofuel.

“We not only believe passionately in shipping’s decarbonization vision, but also in our sustainable biofuels, which are perfectly placed to help owners and operators meet environmental targets and make an immediate impact on reducing their emissions,” said Isabel Welten, chief commercial officer at GoodFuels. “Today’s milestone with our partner Berge Bulk proves the viability of biofuels in the global dry bulk fleet. Most importantly, we are showing that solutions already exist to help us kickstart the decarbonization journey.”

Atul Trehan, head of operations at Berge Bulk, said, “Reducing our carbon emissions is a critical part of Berge Bulk’s Blue Matters environmental strategy. We are committed to developing commercially viable deep sea zero-emission vessels, powered by zero-emission fuels, in operation by 2030. Furthermore, we have made the ambitious commitment to become carbon neutral by 2025 at the latest, and we are one of the first bulk carriers to do so. This has been a busy year of innovation for Berge Bulk. We are piloting solar power, wind power, and now biofuel. This milestone refueling of Berge Tsurugi with sustainable marine biofuel is an important step in our journey toward decarbonization. Moving forward, Berge Bulk is committed to working alongside fuel providers and equipment manufacturers toward a safe, reliable, and cost-competitive clean fuel solution for our customers.”

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