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Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping’s 47,377 DWT MR tanker M/T Pacific Beryl has been bunkered with biofuels supplied by GoodFuels.

The bunkering, which took place on 9 October in Dutch waters, saw GoodFuels supply the vessel with a residual-fuel equivalent Bio-Fuel Oil (BFO).

The BFO’s performance will be tested and analysed on M/T Pacific Beryl as well as other classes of EPS-managed ships in the near future, the shipping company said.

EPS CEO Cyril Ducau said: ‘We are fully committed to investing in and taking action to lower our carbon footprint today. At EPS, we believe that sustainability begins with accountability, which is why we are taking a mixed marine fuel approach towards reducing our emissions.’

Ducau noted that the company is already implementing LNG and LPG across 30 of its newbuilds but also stressed a need to look at other options for its existing fleet.

‘Biofuels, such as the advanced, sustainable biofuels supplied by GoodFuels, provides us with a solution that matches our values and sustainability agenda,’ said Ducau. ‘Our whole team is looking forward to the results of this trial and expects biofuels to be another example of not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good.’

Bart Hellings, Chief Operating Officer at GoodFuels, added: ‘This announcement marks yet another important milestone in accelerating the energy transition within shipping. We are delighted this test with EPS was a success and want to thank them for fully embracing a carbon-busting solution that is scalable, truly sustainable, technically compliant and affordable.

‘Together, we are showing the shipping industry, and the world, that sustainable solutions to reduce the environmental impact of operations already exist on the market – and that advanced marine biofuels will play an important part in the future alternative fuel mix.’

As Bunkerspot previously reported, earlier this year, GoodFuels partnered with Stena Bulk to trial its MR1-100 bio-fuel oil, produced from used cooking oil, onboard the Stena Immortal MR tanker.

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