Here is a very brief rundown on the BioMer project's results:
"Last May, the partners of the BioMer project presented the
conclusions and results obtained from the use of biodiesel (biofuel
made with recycled cooking oil) by the cruise tour industry. The goal
of the project was to fuel a fleet of twelve cruise tour ships, whose
home ports are the Old Port of Montreal and the Lachine Canal National
Historic Site, with pure biodiesel (B100). Carried out in the summer
of 2004, the BioMer project proved the viability of using biodiesel in
actual operating conditions.
The 117 000 litres of biodiesel used in this project reduced the
polluting air emissions and greenhouse gases produced by the ships and
reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 356 tons. The BioMer project is
the first of its kind in the marine sector in Canada and could help
convince cruise tour ship owners to use biodiesel."
Transport Canada: Marine Outlook
The BioMer project has its own website, which contains a wealth of
information about the project:
Details, statistics, and data charts related to the project have been
published in the BioMer Final Report, which is available online as a
.pdf file. Here is an excerpt from the Final Report (for additional
information, please consult the text of the file linked below):
"The BioMer project yielded very promising results for maritime
transport. It proved that it was possible to replace petrodiesel with
pure biodiesel (B100) to fuel boats during the summer season.
The BioMer project also showed that biodiesel's properties entail
little or no change to routine fuel supply and use, and boat
maintenance and operations. Boats handled in the same way and engine
power was similar when running on biodiesel rather than petrodiesel. A
cleansing period, however, occurs between the fourth and eighth week
after converting to biodiesel but can be effectively managed by taking
Lastly, the BioMer project underscored the obvious environmental and
ecological benefits that the maritime transport sector can reap by
making greater use of biodiesel. The biofuel contributes significantly
to reducing most polluting and GHG emissions and is thus fully
consistent with efforts to meet objectives under the Kyoto Protocol.
Since biodiesel is considered totally biodegradable and its toxicity
has not been shown, its use is recommended in ports and waterways,
recognized as particularly sensitive environments. For all these
reasons, using biodiesel can be a first major step toward 'greener'
management of this industry."
Biomer Final Report
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