Höegh Autoliners says it has accelerated its decarbonisation efforts, completing its first carbon neutral voyage from Europe to South Africa.

During the sailing, the New Horizon vessel, Höegh Trigger ran on biofuels.

Höegh Autoliners is working with customers and partners in reducing its carbon footprint and supporting clients in decarbonising their logistics supply chain.

“We are committed to leading the way towards a zero emissions future,” said Höegh Autoliners CEO, Andreas Enger.

“The success of this trial voyage demonstrates with the use of alternative fuels like biofuel, we can contribute to significant steps towards decarbonisation in the maritime transportation industry. Our company and customers have high ambitions to combat climate change, and we are committed to delivering on that.”

GoodFuels’ biofuel was chosen for the test run as the shipping company maintains it is virtually free of sulphur oxides and reduces the vessel’s carbon emissions by up to 90%. Remaining emissions generated were offset through certificates from Gold Standard.

“Working with shipping operators like Höegh Autoliners, we contribute to making ocean transport more sustainable and together play an essential role in reducing CO2 emissions in the maritime industry,” added GoodFuels CCO, Isabel Welten.

Höegh Autoliners operates some of the largest PCTC vessels in the world, with the New Horizon series able to transport up to 8,500 car equivalent units.

Höegh Autoliners is a patron of the UN Global Compact Action platform for sustainable ocean business.

The shipper works with organisations which drive sustainable development initiatives and is a member of Clean Cargo. This business leadership initiative is dedicated to reducing environmental impacts of global goods transportation, promoting responsible shipping, supporting clean oceans, healthy port communities and global climate goals.