Biofuel inception for AIDA Cruises ship in Rotterdam

This week, AIDAprima, a Hyperion-class cruise ship, was loaded with sustainable biofuel from GoodFuels during a port visit to Rotterdam, Netherlands.

AIDA Cruises, part of Carnival Corporation, has started using biofuels as part of its strategy to reduce CO2 emissions.

The trial took place while the ship was on a seven-day cruise, visiting Hamburg, Southampton, Havre, and Zeebrugge.

The next-generation sustainable biofuel supplied by the Dutch biofuel pioneer comes from feedstocks that are certified as 100% waste or residues, with no land use issues and no competition for food production or deforestation. It enables an 80 to 90 percent reduction in CO2 from the well to the exhaust compared to fossil fuels.

Thanks to its “introductory” properties, AIDAprima is filled with biofuel without the need to modify the engine or tank.

The successful bio-bunkering is said to demonstrate AIDA Cruises’ commitment to investing in new low-carbon technologies as part of the company’s long-term decarbonization strategy. It also provides a blueprint for the wider cruise industry on how to accelerate the adoption of alternative fuels on large passenger ships.