Shipping company Ocean Network Express (ONE) has successfully trialled biofuel onboard the containership MOL Experience.
The vessel bunkered the biofuel blended with conventional fossil fuels at the Port of Rotterdam in November 2020 in collaboration with shipowner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and sustainable biofuel pioneer GoodFuels. The MOL Experience made its voyage between Europe and the USA, proving the viability of sustainable biofuels, which will be used to help ONE to meet its carbon reduction targets of 25 per cent by 2030 and 50 per cent by 2050.
The biofuel used in the trial is made from waste oils such as used cooking oil. GoodFuels’ sustainable biofuels are virtually free of sulphur oxides and deliver 80-90 per cent “well-to-exhaust” C02reduction versus fossil fuel equivalents. They are functionally equivalent to petroleum-derived marine fuels, and no modification is required to the engine or the fuel infrastructure. GoodFuels reports that it only works with renewable feedstocks that cannot be used for any higher quality application or recycling and are therefore regarded as truly sustainable.
Takeshi Mishima, general manager of fleet management, ONE, said: “The cooperation and coordination between GoodFuels and ONE was excellent and the successful completion of the trial has confirmed that for ONE, biofuel is one of the solutions to reduce Green House Gases. We at ONE, shall continue to invest in a cleaner, greener future.”
Michihiko Nakano, general manager of bunker business division, MOL, said: “MOL Group is committed to protecting the health of our marine / global environment as its social mission. MOL Group Environmental Vision 2.0 declares that we shall achieve sustainable net-zero GHG emissions by the entire MOL Group.
“In order to accomplish the vision, we are pursuing possibilities of various alternative marine fuel options. The success of this trial led to the verification of the availability of various leading alternative marine fuels and it is in line with the MOL Group’s stance of continuously monitoring technological development trends. As a major shareholder of ONE, we welcome this success.”
Isabel Welten, chief commercial officer, GoodFuels, commented: “We believe passionately in the requirement for shipping to decarbonize, and sustainable, advanced biofuels have a central and immediate role to play in reducing emissions and our sector’s impact on the world.”