The Dutch marine biofuels supplier GoodFuels made a strong effort on the first marine biofuel trial voyage bunkered in Singapore last year, has opened its office in Singapore. This decision reflects the company’s goal to serve the demand for sustainable marine biofuel in the Asia-Pacific region.
In early April, global resources company BHP, together with German shipper Oldendorff Carriers and Dutch biofuel firm GoodFuels, with the support from MPA conducted the first marine biofuel trial involving an ocean-going vessel bunkered in Singapore on 4 April 2021.
Quah Ley Hoon, CEO of MPA, said: “MPA remains committed to the environmental sustainability of the shipping industry and welcomes interested parties to join us on this journey.”
The first office outside Europe
The Singapore office will be GoodFuels’ second office in addition to being its first outside of Europe. GoodFuels says this new presence in the region will enable it to respond to the growing demand for its biofuels.
These advanced biofuels come from feedstocks that are 100 percent waste or residue. They reduce GHG emissions from shipping by up to 90 percent.
So, GoodFuels will source and deliver its biofuels directly to one of the world’s most important shipping hubs. GoodFuels’ technology “drop-in” conventional tanks to cut carbon emissions without requiring any alterations to the fuel infrastructure or marine engines.
Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO of GoodFuels, said: “The launch of this first regional office is a major milestone for GoodFuels, strongly setting us up in one of the most important shipping hubs. This is a unique opportunity to have an even greater positive impact on the environment, by scaling up our sustainable biofuels to enable more shipping companies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions today.”
Han added: “GoodFuels has a proven track record in Europe of pioneering the use of biofuels in transportation, especially in the shipping sector.”
Jing Xieng JX Han is GoodFuels’ newly appointed general manager for Asia-Pacific. Han brings 20 years of experience in the energy sector.
Biofuels operations in Singapore
GoodFuels has conducted hundreds of bio-bunkerings on a variety of vessel types completely. The first office in Asia locally promotes biofuel as a marine fuel to its client in Asia. The strategic decision is also for responding to the demand of other clients in the region.
What is more, CMA CGM just started biofuel bunkering in Singapore as part of its trial to scale up the wider adoption of clean energy. The operation aligns with the great support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). The 6-month global trial will involve up to 32 containerships.