NYK bulk carrier trials GoodFuels biofuel

NYK bulk carrier trials GoodFuels biofuel
Frontier Sky. Image courtesy of GoodFuels

A bulk carrier chartered by mining company BHP and owned by NYK is trialling sustainable biofuel from GoodFuels Marine. The trial will test the viability of biofuels in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction from shipping.

A drop-in marine gas oil (MGO) equivalent was blended with conventional fossil-based MGO in a mix of 30 per cent biofuel to 70 per cent conventional MGO. GoodFuels’ logistics partner Varo Energy delivered the biofuel to the vessel, Frontier Sky.

According to GoodFuels, the delivery saves over 50 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to the GHG emissions of approximately 125,000 miles driven by car.

The CO2 savings were verified with Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration’s (BLOC’s) fuels assurance platform, Maritime Blockchain Labs and developed together in a consortium led by BLOC and funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

The consortium aims to create an inclusive support system that enhances marine fuel traceability and provides a clear chain of custody for better quality assurance in the bunker fuel supply chain.

GoodFuels has worked with BHP to explore the use of sustainable, advanced, second generation biofuels for shipping. This includes looking at solutions that verify chains of custody to ensure only sustainably produced biofuels are used in the process and that the origin, emission reductions and fuel quality metrics are traceable and transparent.

Abdes Karimi, head of strategy and planning, BHP said: “We fully support moves to decarbonise the freight industry, including implementing IMO2020. Biofuels offer an innovative approach to more sustainable bunker fuel. It’s important for us to ensure the biofuel we use is sustainably produced and traceable. This consortium has invented new ways of working that improve productivity and reliability in the bunker fuel supply chain and enable trustful tracking of both the provenance and carbon savings. It demonstrates an effective model for the whole industry to build on in the future.”

Hiroshi Kawaguchi, general manager of the Dry Bulk Marine Quality Control Group, NYK commented: “For shipping to reduce its carbon emissions, we need to ensure that we are exploring how all available technologies can play a part. Using sustainable marine fuel like biofuel unlocks significant emissions savings that, alongside increased efficiency, a reduction in downtime, and increased optimisation through hardware innovation and digitalisation, move us towards our science-based GHG reduction targets.”

Isabel Welten, head of marine, GoodFuels added: “We want to make it as easy as possible for vessels to use biofuels to reduce their footprint. By documenting emissions savings and chains of custody and combining this with smart incentives to use cleaner fuels, we can build a trusted, financially viable pathway towards zero-carbon shipping.”