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ENGINE: Norway to introduce 6% criticised biofuel blending mandate from October – sources

Blending mandate will only be applicable to bunkers sold to the domestic maritime market, including ships operating between Norwegian ports, rigs and fishing vessels, a source tells ENGINE.

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The blending mandate will only be applicable to bunkers sold to the domestic maritime market, including ships operating between Norwegian ports, rigs and fishing vessels, a source tells ENGINE.

Initially, a 4% biofuel blending mandate was proposed, which was subsequently increased to 6%, the source says. The marine biofuel will be a blend of 94% gasoil and 6% biofuel that will mostly be based on hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO).

When the mandate kicks in from October, LSMGO prices for domestic vessels in Bergen and other Norwegian ports stand to rise by almost $70/mt from current levels, the source claims.

Meanwhile, Norwegian energy firm MHService recently said that it will be practically impossible to implement the mandate so soon because of limited availability of advanced biofuel feedstocks. These are generally produced from various waste or residua-based, non-food biomass sources. 

Norway has had a biofuel blending mandate in place for road fuels in place since 2007 and saw a gradual rise in demand and imports leading up to 2019, when it required road fuels contain 12% biofuel by volume. The road fuels mandate has shifted up and down, and was eventually set to 17% last year, including a minimum 12.5% advanced biofuels requirement.

"About half of biofuels consumed in Norway are qualified as ‘advanced biofuels’, meaning that they are produced from residues and waste (particularly used oils for biodiesel, mainly imported)," the International Energy Agency's (IEA) biofuel division said about biofuels in Norway in 2021.

Global supply of first-generation biofuel has been good, while supply of second-generation, advanced biofuels is much more limited, MHService said last month.

The energy firm has also expressed concerns about possible fraudulent activity in biofuel blending, arguing it is hard to confirm whether a biofuel blend is actually produced using renewable feedstock.

“It is hardly easy to tell the difference between well-used frying oil and new vegetable oil with a bit of used mixed in, and this is just one example of the crime that is being facilitated here,” MHService said.

It went on say that used cooking oil is sometimes more expensive than fresh cooking oil.

While the mandate will not be applicable for bunkers sold to ocean-going vessels, it will hit domestic fishing vessels, making bunkering expensive for them, the source says.

By Nithin Chandran

 

Source: ENGINE
Photo credit: Mikita Karasiou on Unsplash
Published: 31 July, 2023

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Singapore: EPS orders ammonia, LNG dual-fuel vessels from China

EPS signed one contract for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International.

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Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Wednesday (28 February) said it signed two new contract orders in a signing ceremony in Shanghai, one for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International. 

The contracts signed cover four 210,000 dwt ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers and two 111,000 dwt LNG dual-fuel LR2 oil tankers, expanding our fleet of green vessels on water. 

“These are pivotal for EPS, testament to our continued commitment towards the decarbonisation of shipping,” EPS said in a social media post.

Manifold Times recently reported EPS signing a contract for its first ever wind-assisted propulsion system, partnering with bound4blue to install three 22-metre eSAILs® onboard the Pacific Sentinel

The turnkey ‘suction sail’ technology, which drags air across an aerodynamic surface to generate exceptional propulsive efficiency, will be fitted later this year, helping the 183-metre, 50,000 DWT oil and chemical tanker reduce overall energy consumption by approximately 10%, depending on vessel routing.

Related: Singapore: EPS orders its first wind-assisted propulsion system for tanker

 

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Published: 1 March 2024

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Malaysia: Port of Tanjung Pelepas completes first LNG bunkering operation

Landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs containership operated by French shipping giant CMA CGM.

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Port of Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd (PTP), a joint venture between MMC Group and APM Terminals, on Wednesday (28 February) announced a significant milestone with the successful completion of its first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering operation. 

The landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) capacity containership operated by French shipping giant, CMA CGM.

Tan Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, Chairman of PTP in a statement remarked this latest milestone demonstrates PTP’s commitment to continuously enhance its competitive advantages in an increasingly competitive global market.

“The successful completion of our first LNG bunkering operation also underscores our unwavering commitment to sustainability and environmental leadership. We are proud to partner with Petronas Trading Corporation Sendirian Berhad (PETCO) and CMA CGM on this initiative and showcase PTP’s capabilities as a leading facilitator of clean and efficient maritime operations.”

“This milestone paves the way for further growth in LNG bunkering at PTP, contributing significantly to the decarbonisation of the maritime industry.”

Commenting on this achievement, Mark Hardiman, Chief Executive Officer of PTP stated this latest milestone further highlights PTP’s position as the largest transshipment hub terminal in Malaysia.

“In preparation for the LNG bunkering operation, PTP worked closely since March 2022 with PETCO and CMA CGM, as well as with various other related government agencies to organise table-top exercises (TTX) and workshops, before carrying out the deployment exercise.”

“The success of the bunkering operation is a result of the seamless collaboration and preparations involving rigorous safety procedures through in-depth operational and risk assessments, modelling, and validation. We thank PETCO, CMA CGM all other involved parties for their joint efforts in operationalising the bunkering capability and we welcome partners to work with us to accelerate maritime decarbonisation,” said Hardiman.

Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) is Malaysia’s largest transshipment hub with the capacity to handle 13 million TEUs annually. The port delivers reliable, efficient, and advanced services to major shipping lines and box operators, providing shippers in Malaysia and abroad with extensive connectivity to the global market. PTP is currently ranked 15th among the world top container ports.

 

Photo credit: Port of Tanjung Pelepas
Published: 1 March 2024

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Wallenius Wilhelmsen to order four additional methanol DF PCTCs

Newbuilds will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.

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Wallenius Wilhelmsen PCTC order

Roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen on Tuesday (27 February) declared options to build four additional next-generation Shaper Class pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) vessels.

The 9,300 CEU methanol dual fuel vessels can utilise alternative fuel sources, such as methanol, upon delivery. They will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.

“Together with our customers we are committed to further shaping our industry and accelerating towards net zero. These new vessels are a vital part of that journey,” says Xavier Leroi, EVP & COO Shipping Services.

This latest commitment brings the total number of Shaper Class vessels currently on order with Jinling Shipyard (Jiangsu) to eight. Wallenius Wilhelmsen also retains further options.

The first of the Shaper Class vessels already ordered are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2026. The four additional vessels under the declared options will be delivered between May and November 2027.

 

Photo credit: Wallenius Wilhelmsen
Published: 1 March 2024

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