Jan De Nul involved in the energy transition
Dredging and construction company, Jan De Nul Group, has succeeded in sailing the dredger Alexander von Humboldt for 2,000 hours with a 100% sustainable marine biofuel, in close cooperation with MAN Energy Solutions and GoodFuels.
This is the first vessel in the world to sail for such a long time (2,000 hrs) using 100% sustainable marine biofuel. This major step has led to a massive 85% reduction in fossil CO2 emissions. It also proves to the marine industry that BFO (Biofuel Oil), produced from non-fossil organic materials, can be a credible substitute for fossil fuel and thus reduce CO2 emissions. This will accelerate the energy transition, which is essential in the shipping industry. According to Peter Jonckheere, chief engineer on board of the Jan De Nul Alexander von Humboldt, "this sustainable marine biofuel is not only a green solution, it is also a high-quality fuel for powering our engines."
According to Michel Deruyck, head of the energy department of Jan De Nul Group, the company intends to continue exploring the possibilities for using biofuels on other vessels and is aiming for total decarbonisation. As a pioneer, Jan De Nul Group is therefore showing that the shipbuilding sector can also be part of this emerging global movement that is seeking to contribute to meeting climate targets by focusing on solutions that reduce carbon emissions.