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Ocean Network Express (ONE) has completed a third trial of marine biofuel onboard the M/V NYK Fuji.

The Singapore-flagged M/V NYK Fuji was refuelled with 1,300 metric tonnes of marine biofuel product during bunkering at Port of Singapore on 11 February.

The vessel, deployed on ONE’s SAS service, consumed the biofuel in 45 days. The trial started on 21 February, after the vessel passed the Malacca Straits, sailing onwards to the ports of Durban and Cape Town, before returning to Southeast Asia.

The biofuel product used was a blend of brown grease methyl ester (BGME), a type of Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME), with very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO).

‘The BGME used is produced from feedstocks labelled as 100% waste or residue and is certified for its sustainability to internationally recognised standards,’ said ONE. ‘It is a sustainable biofuel component that is technically and operationally similar to petroleum-derived marine fuels.’

According to the shipping company, the trial required no modifications to marine engines or fuel infrastructure and showed that marine biofuel product ‘can be considered a “drop in fuel” that can help to reduce emissions in shipping.’

The blend of BGME with VLSFO was supplied by bp. The use and testing were performed in collaboration with shipowner Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha with the assistance and supervision of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.

‘This latest biofuel trial once again proves the potential to expand the use of sustainable biofuel components…’ added ONE.

As previously reported, ONE completed its first biofuel trial in February 2021 and its second last April.

 

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