11. March 2021 Meghan Sapp

GPS Marine and Green Biofuels bring HVO to Thames River tugs

In the UK, a new collaboration between the biggest commercial vessel operator on the Thames, GPS Marine and Green Biofuels, the UK’s leading provider of clean advanced fuel GREEN D+ HVO, will help reduce London’s carbon emissions, improve local air quality, and boost the Thames’ drive to clean up and reduce pollution.

GPS Marine and Green Biofuels commenced their partnership last year, by fueling with GREEN D+ the Thames Tideway Tug pulling barges to one of London’s largest construction projects: the new ‘Super Sewer’.  This week their new fuel bunker barge, the ‘Dispenser’ will not only be refueling the tug delivering tunnel lining ring segments for the Thames Tideway Central Section, but also a growing number of other commercial vessels on and around the Thames.  The Dispenser will supply GREEN D+ HVO,  which is the lowest emission diesel fuel available on the river.  Consequently, cleaner fuels used by river vessels can replace HGVs on London roads and deliver a huge reduction in emissions and boost air quality.

The Dispenser, a refurbished barge, will become London’s premier green floating fuel station and will help make an annual carbon emissions saving equivalent to 3,861 metric tons of CO2e. Green Biofuels has worked in conjunction with GPS Marine and Stolthaven Terminal to allow the Dispenser to load directly from the terminal to the river, removing the need for on-road delivery tankers in the supply chain to fuel river vessels.

GPS Marine’s fleet of tugs, barges and multi-purpose vessels is the largest on the Thames. GPS Marine is fully committed to green energy and is transitioning its entire Thames based fleet of 12 tugs to running on GREEN D+ HVO, which will continue cutting carbon emissions on the Thames and improve local air quality.

Independent tests at the Millbrook specialist vehicle testing facility have shown that compared to standard diesel emissions, GREEN D+ has up to an 85% reduction in particulates, and up to a 30% reduction in Nitrogen Oxides, thanks to a special additive not found in any other HVO fuel.

In further independent trials with Red Funnel Ferries in 2018, switching from Marine Gas to GREEN D+ resulted in significant emissions reductions of up to 30% NOx and 70% of total particulate matter.