Dutch sustainable shipping service firm GoodShipping has launched a partnership between 18 companies to reduce emissions on ship routes between Rotterdam and the UK, GoodShipping announced on 10 November.

The Ship to Zero initiative brings together organisations from a range of nations and industries, including food production, consumer goods, chemicals, textiles, machinery and logistics, according to the statement.

GoodShipping said initial partners of the initiative included Bugaboo, Cocoasource, DHL Global Forwarding, Dille & Kamille, Dopper, Geelen Counterflow, Lenzing, Loods5, Lush, Matsen Chemie, Nine & Co, Regent Ingredients, Samskip, Sipsmith, Tony’s Chocolonely, YOGI Tea, Yumeko and Zaytoun.

“The Ship to Zero initiative demonstrates that concrete climate action is possible now, and that a tangible impact can be achieved by taking small steps together and breaking down collaborative barriers across industries,” GoodShipping commercial manager Tina Trinks said.

The scheme involved each partner committing to a specific reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) relating to the transport of their products or services, GoodShipping said.

As part of the initiative, GoodShipping said it had completed the first bio-bunkering of the container ship Samskip Innovator, in which fossil fuels were replaced by biofuels.

The partnership would involve the use of advanced biofuels for four or five voyages from Rotterdam, in Netherlands, to Hull, in the UK, GoodShipping said, resulting in a CO2 reduction of 4,000 tonnes.

GoodShipping said the refuelling had been achieved in partnership with GoodFuels, a company which produces biofuels from feedstocks including used cooking oil (UCO) and waste animal fats.

According to its website, GoodShipping was established in 2017 to provide cargo owners with a service to ship their freight in a carbon-neutral way.