October 21 (Renewables Now) - Dutch dredging and offshore contractor Royal Boskalis Westminster NV (AMS:BOKA) said Thursday its dredging vessel Willem van Oranje will be the world’s first to operate on 100% biofuel oil as the company initiates the next stage of its sustainable fuels testing programme.
The 143-metre long vessel will use sulphur-free sustainable residual fuel consisting only of used cooking oil. The solution was developed after earlier tests with “drop-in” blends of light biofuel and marine gas oil proved successful, Boskalis said.
In 2015, the company launched the Boskalis on Bio pilot programme to test sustainable biofuel oils seeking to reduce carbon emissions from its vessels and landmoving vehicles. Its partners in the programme are Finnish technology group Wartsila Corp (HEL:WRT1V) and biofuels supplier GoodFuels.