Unifeeder Group collaborates with Varo on biofuel project in Port of Rotterdam

The first biofuel collaboration between Unifeeder and Varo Energy supports both companies’ ambition to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of European transportation and improve the environmental impact of the shipping industry.
Unifeeder Group collaborates with Varo on biofuel project in Port of Rotterdam
Courtesy of Unifeeder.

In September 2021, feeder vessel Elbsummer was bunkered biofuel B50 (50 percent). It then underwent a scheduled main engine overhaul, which allowed the biofuel B100 (100 percent), to be trialled. Unifeeder has now bunkered 400 million tonnes of Varo’s Advanced Renewable Biofuel B100A during Elbsummer’s recent call to the Port of Rotterdam.

Varo’s advanced biofuels are produced from certified feedstocks labelled as waste or residue. Biofuel B100 reduces CO2 emissions up to 90 percent well-to-exhaust and eliminates SOX emissions almost entirely.

Unifeeder - which is owned by global leading supply chain solutions firm, DP World - is positioning itself as a frontrunner for sustainability in shipping and is fully dedicated to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions for its fleet by at least 50 percent by 2040.

“Being able to operate our vessels on 100 percent biofuel is a true game-changer and a major stepping stone on the Unifeeder Group’s journey towards net-zero emissions” said Hans Staal, Director, Fuel Supply at Unifeeder. “We applaud the support and constructive approach seen from the vessel’s owners, Elbdeich Reederei, and look forward to implementing biofuels on many other vessels in our fleet during 2022.”

This latest Unifeeder announcement follows last year’s launch of its Actual Emission Tracker, a tool that allows for users to calculate greenhouse gas emissions at the specific Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEU) level, providing companies with further insight into the carbon impact of their activity.

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