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Maersk Supply creates ‘cleaner’ fuel option for offshore supply vessels

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Maersk Supply Service is offering its customers the option to reduce carbon emissions from offshore operations with a new fuel mix.

The product – ECO Offshore – successfully trialled a blend of low-carbon biofuel with marine gas oil aboard the anchor handler Maersk Tender, in partnership with Dutch start-up company The Ocean Cleanup.

It said ECO Offshore uses Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), a safe, sustainable biofuel that replaces conventional fossil fuels without causing harm or depletion to food sources and provides the same performance as conventional fuels.

And Maersk Supply Service is expected to use the biofuel across its global fleet, passing on the carbon reductions to customers purchasing ECO Offshore.

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Chief Commercial Officer at Maersk Supply Service, Jonas Munch Agerskov said “We are delighted to be able to support our customers’ decarbonisation journeys with ECO Offshore. Maersk Supply Service is committed to doing what we can to facilitate a green transition in the offshore industry, both by reducing our own carbon footprint and by enabling our customers to decarbonise their operations and value chain.”

During last year’s trial for a six-week ocean-cleaning charter in the Pacific Ocean, biofuel was blended into the marine gas oil, resulting in a reduction in carbon emissions of 38.95 metric tons.

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Maersk said that the trial confirmed the biofuel as a viable alternative that does not compromise on safety or performance and does not require additional training or vessel upgrades.

Maersk Supply Service provides marine services and integrated solutions to the energy sector worldwide. Maersk Supply Service is the market leader in deep-water services such as anchor handling in ultra-deepwater, mooring installations, rig moves and transport of equipment to drilling rigs and production units.

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