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EPS to bunker vessel with crude algae oil blend for test from 1 August

27 Jul 2022

Singapore-based shipping firm Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Tuesday (26 July) said it will be part of a route-based pilot that will help ensure the supply chain integrity of current and future green marine fuels, in partnership with the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD).

As one of the founding members of the GCMD, and a strong advocate for the use of alternative marine fuels as a decarbonisation strategy, EPS said it will support the pilot as a project partner together with other industry peers.

The firm will nominate one vessel from its fleet to bunker a crude algae oil (COA) blend to test and assess its potential as an alternative marine fuel, said the firm. 

“The pilot will commence on 1 August and is expected to be completed in 12 to 18 months,” said EPS.  

“EPS is excited about this collaborative crude algae oil trial and looks forward to sharing the results with the industry!”

Manifold Times on 26 July reported on GCMD announcing it was leading a consortium of 18 industry partners to launch a drop-in biofuels pilot project with a combined contribution of USD 18 million in cash and in-kind to establish an assurance framework for ensuring the supply chain integrity of current and future green marine fuels, bringing genuine benefits to end-users and the climate.

GCMD said it will be leveraging this project to be the first in trialling and assessing the use of CAO as a marine fuel and invited CAO producers with existing commercial production capacities to participate by reaching out to [email protected] by 22 August.

GCMD will link up CAO fuel producers with pre-identified fuel suppliers to test and provide CAO for this pilot on a commercial basis.


Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 27 July, 2022

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