Holland America Line announces positive results from the cruise industry’s first long-term biofuel test on board Volendam in the Port of Rotterdam

20-day trial of advanced biofuel resulted in lower life cycle emissions compared to marine diesel

SEATTLE, September 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Holland America line completed the cruise industry’s first multi-week biofuel test aboard Volendam at the port of rotterdam in the Netherlands. The 20-day test was conducted in partnership with GoodFuels, a leading producer and supplier of sustainable biofuels for the transportation industry, and Wärtsilä, a world leader in power and propulsion technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine market.

The assessment has been completed September 7. During the first five days of the test, the vessel used a mixture of 30% biofuel and 70% marine gas oil (MGO) in one of her main auxiliary engines. During the last 15 days of testing, the ship used 100% biofuel. According to GoodFuels, there was a 78% decrease in lifecycle CO2 emissions over the last 15 days of the trial compared to marine diesel emissions.

“We were thrilled to have this opportunity to test a next-generation fuel resource on a Holland America Line vessel, and we are very encouraged by the results,” said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line. “As part of our commitment to sustainability, we have always sought cutting-edge solutions to environmental challenges that will help us achieve Carnival Corporation’s sustainability goals for decades to come.”

Volendam, flying the Dutch flag, was selected for the test because it was located in the port of rotterdam, one of the global ports where GoodFuels operates the infrastructure to provide waterside biofuel services. There is no significant difference for the ship’s crew members in handling regular fuel oil compared to biofuel. The use of a “drop-in” biofuel such as the one tested on Volendam does not require any on-board layout or special equipment.

What are biofuels?

Advanced biofuel is derived from raw materials certified as 100% waste or residue, with no land use concerns and no competition with food production or deforestation.

“Marine biofuel is already the largest low-carbon marine fuel in the world and we expect its use to rise sharply to reach 10% of total volume by 2030,” said Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO and Founder of GoodFuels.

“Our extensive work testing alternative marine fuels is central to our efforts to define viable decarbonization options for our customers,” said Ricardo OppermanManaging Director of Wärtsilä North America Inc. “We are continually developing our engine technology to accept and maintain operational and environmental efficiency levels with various future fuels, including biofuels. These sea trials with 100% biofuel will be particularly important – for Carnival Corporation, for Goodfuels, for Wärtsilä and for the industry as a whole.”

Support business sustainability

Holland America Line is the first Carnival Corporation brand to perform a long-term 100% biofuel test on board. Carnival Corporation’s German brand AIDA also partnered with Goodfuels in July to conduct a blended biofuel test on board AIDAprima in rotterdam. While the biofuels have been tested on large diesel engines at shore-based research facilities and on a few freighters, these were the first live tests on working cruise ships.

Both brands’ biofuel testing supports Carnival Corporation’s global environmental mission, goals and aspirations. These include achieving a 40% carbon reduction per available lower berth day by 2030; expand its alternative fuels strategy through its liquefied natural gas (LNG) program and its battery, fuel cell and biofuel capabilities; deliver a 50% reduction in absolute particulate emissions to air by 2030; and the aspiration to achieve net carbon neutral operations by 2050.

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About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc ( NYSE: CCL and CUK)]
Holland America Line explored the world for 150 years with expertly designed itineraries, extraordinary service and genuine connections to destinations. Providing an ideal mid-size ship experience, its fleet visits nearly 400 ports in 114 countries around the world and has shared the thrill of Alaska for 75 years – longer than any other cruise line. Holland America Line 11 ships offer a diverse range of enriching activities and amenities focused on destination immersion and personalized travel. The best live music at sea fills every evening at Music Walk, and restaurants feature exclusive selections from a culinary board of world-renowned chefs.

About GoodFuels
GoodFuels is a global pioneer in sustainable marine fuels, with offices in Europe and Singapore. The Netherlands– whose head office has created a one-stop-shop for customers in the maritime industry, integrating the entire supply chain of sustainable marine biofuels. From feedstock to tank, GoodFuels’ proposal covers the elements of feedstock sourcing and ensuring its 100% sustainability, production and refining, global distribution, quality assurance and marketing programs with ports, governments and cargo owners. GoodFuels is part of the GoodNRG group, which is active under various labels and companies in the sales, marketing, trading, R&D and production of truly sustainable decarbonization solutions for the global transport industry. Learn more about GoodFuels at goodfuels.com.

Wärtsila marine energy in short
Wärtsila marine energy leads the industry on its journey to a decarbonized and sustainable future. Our broad portfolio of engines, propulsion systems, hybrid technology and integrated powertrain systems deliver the efficiency, reliability, safety and environmental performance needed to support our customers. Our offering includes performance-based agreements, lifecycle solutions and an unparalleled global network of maritime expertise. Learn more about www.wartsila.com/marine.


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