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Boskalis dredging vessel to operate on 100% biofuel oil

Boskalis’ vessel ‘Willem van Oranje’ will be the first dredging vessel in the world to operate on 100% bio-fuel oil, following earlier successful tests with ‘drop-in’ blends of light biofuel and marine gas oil. Dutch-based GoodFuels supplies the fuel. The sulphur-free sustainable residual fuel is made from used cooking oil and contains no fossil fuels. This results in a substantial carbon reduction of approx. 90% (on a well-to-wheel basis). By using this fuel instead of conventional fossil-base fuels Boskalis can further reduce it  carbon footprint.

This world first for Boskalis is the result of the ‘Boskalis on Bio’ pilot program it launched in 2015 in cooperation with engine manufacturer Wärtsilä and GoodFuels. With this program Boskalis aims to realize a substantial reduction in carbon emissions from both its vessels and its dry earthmoving equipment and trucks. Since the launch of the program Boskalis has successfully used various biofuel blends on both dredging and offshore installation vessels and on dry earthmoving equipment as an alternative to fossil fuels. For example on the projects to create the Marker Wadden nature area and to install the export cable to the Borssele offshore wind farm, both in the Netherlands.

The 143-meter long trailing suction hopper dredger Willem van Oranje, which was taken into service in 2010, has a hopper capacity of 12,000 cubic meters and total installed power of 13,870 kW. The versatile dredging vessel can dredge to a depth of up to 62 meters and is deployed on the most diverse maritime infrastructure projects around the world.

see also the press release of Boskalis.