Maersk Line and Boeing in dialogue regarding biofuel development  

2009.04.29
One of the world's leading shipping companies, Denmark's Maersk Line, and aircraft manufacturer Boeing are considering collaboration on development of biofuel for ships and aircraft
Maersk Line, one of the leading shipping liner companies in the world and part of the A.P.Moller - Maersk Group, an international company of Danish origin with activities in shipping, energy, offshore, retail and industry, is in dialogue with the world's largest aircraft manufacturer Boeing regarding a possible collaboration comprising development of biofuel for aircraft and ships, reports national daily newspaper Berlingske Tidende.
 
Vice President Bo Cerup-Simonsen of A.P.Moller - Maersk told Berlingske Tidende: "We have initiated a dialogue with Boeing concerning the use of biofuel to see whether there can be some synergies between the aviation and shipping industry. We want to prepare our ships to sail on biofuel. But we have to see the utility of collaborating from project to project to find out whether there is something that can be transferred between the two industries."
 
One of the ideas for the agreement is that the two companies share the outcome so that Boeing's aircraft get the lighter aviation diesel oil, while Maersk's container vessels and tankers get the heavier oil fraction from biorefineries.
 
Boeing recently entered a collaboration with Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems, the world's leading manufacturer of wind turbines, on aerodynamics and development of lighter CO2 saving propellers for aircraft and blades for wind turbines.
 

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