Jumbo step for bio-fuel test

AMSTERDAM: August 19, 2019. Dutch heavy lift shipping contractor Jumbo and marine biofuel company GoodFuels are to test marine bio-fuel oil during an offshore decommissioning project.

In a signal to the offshore industry – currently transitioning from oil and gas to renewables – the project will see sustainable ‘drop-in’ bio-fuel delivered to Jumbo’s offshore vessel Fairplayer, ahead of her departure to the North Sea, supplied by GoodFuels’ logistics partner Varo Energy.

“Jumbo has been developing pioneering solutions for ocean transportation for more than 50 years with sustainable innovation being one of our top priorities,” declared director Operations & Engineering Wout Janssens. “We are, therefore, keen to work together with GoodFuels on this project. By testing the bio-fuel oil, we are taking a major step towards a sustainably powered fleet.”

The second-generation bio-fuel, completely derived from forest residues and waste oil products, is expected to deliver an 80-90 percent well-to-propeller CO2 reduction versus fossil equivalents with no sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions – without any requirement for engine modification.

In March this year GoodFuels participated in a pilot programme with IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, CMA CGM and the Port of Rotterdam to successfully refuel the CMA CGM 4,095 TEU MV White Shark with sustainable marine bio-fuel oil.

Jumbo has just completed the delivery of 20 transition pieces (TP), each with a diameter of 7.8 metres, height of 30 metres and weighing 462 tonnes, from Laem Chabang, Thailand to Taichung, Taiwan (pictured).

The heaviest, tallest and the largest diameter TPs the company has ever handled were shipped on behalf of the Jan De Nul Group as part of Taiwan’s Formosa 1 Phase 2 Offshore Wind Farm (OWF).

The farm will have a total capacity of 128MW once commissioned and Phase 1 features two Siemens 4MW demonstration turbines, the first ever wind turbines to be installed off Taiwan.

Wind farm shareholders are Ørsted (35 percent), JERA (32.5 percent), Macquarie Capital (25 percent) and Swancor Holding (7.5 percent).