German shipping major Hapag-Lloyd is conducting the first biofuel test on one of its vessels in an effort to reduce the company’s CO2 footprint.The 4,402 TEU containership Montreal Express was recently refueled with a new, eco-friendly biofuel in Rotterdam.As informed, Hapag-Lloyd intends to use the test run with the abovementioned vessel, which operates in the St. Lawrence Coordinated Service 2 (AT 2) between Europe and Canada, to gain experience and information on the properties of the fuel in real-world use.“We are checking to see whether the share of biodiesel has any adverse effects on the equipment and the fuel processing on board the vessel. If the test is successful, more ships from Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet could operate using the ‘B20’ fuel in future,” according to Jan Christensen, Senior Director Purchasing & Supply at Hapag-Lloyd.For the first time, the Panamax boxship is being powered by the so-called “B20″ fuel, which consists of 80 percent low-sulphur fuel oil and 20 percent biodiesel based on cooking oils and fats that had previously been used in the food service/catering industry. This biodiesel generates up to 90 percent less CO2 emissions than conventional fuels, the company explained.With this test, the German shipping giant is taking another step towards reaching its ambitious climate-protection goals. Hapag-Lloyd is also joining its counterparts Maersk and CMA CGM that completed biofuel tests last year.“By the end of this year, we want to have reduced our specific CO2 emissions by 50 percent compared to the reference year 2008. Biofuels like ‘B20’ can help us reach this target,” Jörg Erdmann, Senior Director Sustainability Management, said.“This is because, in addition to having a low sulphur content, the fuel also emits less climate-damaging CO2 during combustion,” he added.Hapag-Lloyd currently has a fleet of 231 containerships and a total transport capacity of 1.7 million TEU.
Eight hundred seventy-four women took part in the Second DM race on Sunday morning, one of the growing number of sporting events taking root during summer in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) capital Sarajevo.Beginning at 10 a.m. at Vilson’s Promenade in the city center, women were running five kilometers despite the heavy rain that hit Sarajevo.The first place was won by Biljana Cvijanovic, a BiH runner who won the First DM race held last year here. Organizers pointed out on the record number of women who participated at the race, reminding that last year, 350 women run.They thanked to last year participants who contributed by their experience and comments, to persuade their friends and colleagues to participate this year. Regardless of the placement, all participants received a medal, a t-shirt and a rich gift box containing cosmetics. The winner received a prize of 400 KM (250 U.S. dollars). By organizing the race, BiH capital joined major European cities that have been holding this popular race for years.After the awarding ceremony, runners entertained at the After Run event featuring DJs, numerous promotions and tasting of dmBio products. After the race, runners donated 3, 000 KM (1,881 U.S. dollars) for the implementation of the “Teddy Bear Hospital” project, which will be implemented in the schools and kindergartens in Canton Sarajevo. The aim of the project is to educate children about the importance of medical examination through amusement workshops and to eliminate the fear of children from doctors.