The shipowner’s CSL fleet set a new record this year by using 16,400 metric tonnes of B100 biodiesel in a single season.

With a cumulative 75,000 running hours on B100 biofuel over the past four years, CSL ships have made significant strides in supporting decarbonization efforts by replacing 55,000 metric tonnes of fossil fuel with biodiesel and avoiding 156,000 metric tonnes of CO2.

The shipowner and operator of specialized self-unloading ships, bulk carriers, multi-purpose product vessels, transhippers, and barges, reveals that eight of its Great Lakes ships will run on biofuel in 2024, and expects to extend the program across its entire Great Lakes fleet.

Louis Martel, CSL president and chief executive, said: “Unlike other shipping companies that are just getting started with their biofuel initiatives, we have moved past the testing phase and are running biodiesel as part of our business – just one of the many ways we are reducing carbon in our operations.”

“In 2023, our biofuel fleet set a new record by using 16,400 metric tonnes of B100 biodiesel in a single season, marking our highest consumption to date. This translates into an 80 to 90% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, leading to the avoidance of 50,000 metric tonnes of CO2 across our Great Lakes fleet.”

CSL initiated its biofuel journey in 2019 with a B50 blend, gradually progressing to B80 and, in 2020, running two ships on B100 – pure biodiesel produced entirely from waste plant material unrelated to food production.

Since 2021, eight CSL vessels have run continuously on B100 for five to eight months per year.

“In 2024, eight of our Great Lakes ships will run on biofuel, and we hope to eventually extend the program across our entire Great Lakes fleet,” Martel said.

“Biofuel offers a practical and low-risk solution toward a decarbonized marine industry, but we need government support to ensure it remains affordable.”