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Premier Marinas – leading the switchover to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO)

Published on: 12 October 2023

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Premier Marinas has become the first UK marina group to make the switch to using HVO fuel in boatyard plant machinery and equipment. 

HVO is a low carbon drop-in diesel replacement fuel made from 100 per cent renewable waste, residue, and vegetable oils. It can be used across a range of applications and industries and is fast becoming a major player in helping achieve the UK’s net-zero goals.  

Premier Marinas has been trialing this fossil-free alternative to diesel in its 25- tonne WISE boat hoist and 15-tonne boat mover at its Southsea Marina for over  12 months. 

Gosport Marina’s specialist boatyard Endeavour Quay has also seen successful  trials of HVO on its 180-tonne WISE travel hoist, 40-tonne Alto self-propelled boat  mover, 40-tonne Terex mobile crane, New Holland tractor and three forklifts. 

Each Premier Marina has a full-service boatyard facility and now, Premier is confidently rolling out HVO usage across its ten South Coast marinas, having  invested in new dedicated fuel infrastructure to support the roll out in all plant  machinery and equipment. 

HVO reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 per cent which allows Premier Marinas to significantly reduce its carbon footprint. It also significantly reduces NOx (Nitrogen Oxides) emissions and PM (Particulate Matter), providing improved air quality for employees and others in and around the site. 

CEO Pete Bradshaw is proud that Premier Marinas is driving the change to adopting  more environmentally friendly fuels: “We aim to control our direct impact on the  environment and take account of all aspects of our operations and that of our supply  chain to enhance our sustainability performance.” 

Premier Marinas makes this commitment to switching to HVO as part of its bold  ESG strategy to reach Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050 from both its own  business operations as well as that of its supply chain.