Shipping company Furetank announced that its dual-fuel tanker Fure Valö performed its first voyage on a new Equinor fuel blend that contains used cooking oil.
The dual-fuel tanker is said to run on Equinor’s blend of 30% renewable fuel and 70% marine gas oil from the Mongstad refinery. It traveled from Mongstad in Norway to Reykjavik, Iceland and back. The first results presented positive progress since no adverse effects on the tanker’s performance or consumption were detected compared to using the conventional marine gasoil.
According to the company, the initial results demonstrated that renewable liquid fuels blended with refined products can contribute to considerable emissions reductions in commercial shipping.
Furetank emphasized that the use of the waste-based renewable fuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining the same high performance as conventional marine gasoil, based on the first test indication.
In addition to this, the company shared that the renewable fuel component in the blend is biodiesel made from used cooking oil. It is said to show a certified reduction in GHG emissions of at least 87.5% compared to its fossil fuel counterpart.
Furthermore, Furetank CEO Lars Höglund said that acting as “test pilots” for the new fuel is an “important and honorable mission for us.”
“Even if we primarily run our dual-fuel vessels on LNG/LBG or gasoil today, they are designed to be flexible, future-proof and easily converted to run on any fuel that will prove to be the right choice for the future,” he added.
Meanwhile, a trial of the new fuel on Fure Valö will continue on five to six roundtrips between Mongstad and Iceland to demonstrate its performance during harsh weather-exposed trade on the North Atlantic as well as its handling over time.