Borchard Lines trial of Shell GTL Fuel


Certas Energy, working in partnership with Peel Ports Group, recently launched Shell GTL Fuel at their new 24hr HGV refuelling site located at the Port of Liverpool.

Borchard Lines Ltd, who have been operating liner shipping services since 1933, are the first company at Port of Liverpool to trial Shell GTL Fuel in two of their fleet vehicles. Shell GTL is a liquid fuel that is a cleaner burning alternative to diesel. GTL Fuel has improved combustion properties inside standard diesel engines and so helps reduce emissions of air pollutants.

It is also free of unwanted components such as sulphur, metals and aromatics, making it non-toxic and therefore less harmful to the environment. It offers reduced emissions in regulated pollutants: Nitrogen Oxide (NOx), Particulate Matter (PM), Carbon Monoxide (CO) and unburnt hydrocarbons (HC’s).


“Borchard Lines Ltd, will be studying the effects of the fuel on consumption, power, emissions and maintenance.”


Shell GTL Fuel can be used as a drop in fuel in existing heavy-duty and light-duty diesel engines as a direct replacement for conventional diesel fuels without the need for engine modifications, new infrastructure or vehicle investment. Borchard Lines Ltd are optimistic that the reduced pollutants generated when using Shell GTL Fuel will result in more efficient performance of current emissions abatement technology.

Burning cleaner fuel promises to be a simple step to supporting a cleaner transport industry. As part of the trial, Borchard Lines Ltd, will be studying the effects of the fuel on consumption, power, emissions and maintenance. Andrew Goodwin, National Bunker Manager at Certas Energy, states “We’re really pleased to be working with Borchard Lines Ltd to trial Shell GTL Fuel at the Port of Liverpool. We are proud to be the only provider of the fuel in the UK and making the fuel available at Port of Liverpool will enable fleet managers to make more responsible fuel choices in future”.

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