World’s first dredging vessel fully powered by used cooking oil
Dredging services provider Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. and biofuels producer GoodFuels announced that trailing suction hopper dredger Willem van Oranje will become the world’s first dredging vessel to operate on 100 percent bio-fuel oil.
Sulphur free emissions
The fuel, which is completely free from sulphur, is made from used cooking oil, resulting in a carbon reduction of 90 percent compared to conventional fossil fuel.
Both companies have progressed with their ‘Boskalis on Bio’ programme for the testing of sustainable bio-fuel oil, using drop-in blends of light biofuel and marine gas oil.
The programme was launched in 2015 and aims to realise a substantial reduction in carbon emissions from both Boskalis its vessels and its dry earthmoving equipment and trucks.
Since the programme began, Boskalis has successfully used various biofuel blends in both vessels and trucks.
Deployed around the world
The 143m-long TSHD Willem van Oranje, which began service in 2010, has a hopper capacity of 12,000 cubic metres and total installed power of 13,870 kW.
It can dredge to a depth of 62m and is deployed on some of the most diverse maritime infrastructure projects around the world.