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Japan enters milestone with first chemical free biofuel/HFO bunker fuel blend

Biofuel bunker used on coastal RoRo vessel was made by mixing used cooking oil derived from vegetable oils and fats in Japan without chemical treatment with heavy fuel oil, says MOL.

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) on Wednesday (1 November) announced that an MOL Coastal Shipping-operated 499 GT coastal roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessel, Tetsuun Maru No.1, was successfully operated using biofuel made by mixing used cooking oil (UCO) directly with heavy fuel oil.

The biofuel used on the vessel is made by mixing used cooking oil derived from vegetable oils and fats in Japan without chemical treatment with heavy fuel oil. This marks Japan's first initiative to use this kind of biofuel to marine vessels.

Hanwa Co., Ltd. supplied the biofuel to the vessel in the Chukyo region as part of a research programme on marine applications of biofuels by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, in cooperation with Tokyo Steel Manufacturing Co., Ltd., the cargo shipper. 

The vessel operated on the biofuel mixture for about a month, plying a route between Mikawa Bay and Tokyo Bay, and reported no flammability problems or other issues.

Until now, the main raw material for biofuels has been Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME), which is produced by chemical processing of waste cooking oil and methanol. In this project, used cooking oil was mixed with heavy oil A (mixing ratio of Bio was 24%) in almost its original form as straight vegetable oil (SVO) and used in a general-purpose ship type, 499 GT coastal vessel. 

Since the SVO undergoes no methyl esterification or hydrogenation process, it is likely to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions even more than other biofuels and can be supplied at a lower cost.

Photo credit: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines
Published: 2 November, 2023

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VARO and Orim Energy to supply bio bunker fuels in ARA region

VARO will source, produce and blend various waste and advanced bio feedstocks to high quality bunker fuel specs; Orim will source fuel and gas oils for blending and deliver final biofuel blends to vessels.

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VARO and Orim Energy to supply bio bunker fuels in ARA region

VARO Energy (VARO) on Wednesday (21 February) said it is partnering with Orim Energy (Orim) to provide shipping customers in the Port of Rotterdam – and wider Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region - with biofuels. 

The agreement supports the decarbonisation of maritime transportation and inland shipping in Northern Europe. It also contributes to the wider targets set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to reduce the total annual GHG emissions from shipping by at least 20% by 2030 and at least 70% by 2050, compared with 2008 levels.

Current demand for Fuel Oil in ARA , Europe’s largest bunkering hub, is approximately 14 million tonnes per year. Supported by new EU regulations, the market for B30, a blend of 70% Fuel Oil and 30% biofuels, is expected to grow rapidly to the end of the decade. As a result of this joint initiative, VARO and Orim will be well positioned to meet this increased demand and support the decarbonisation plans of their shipping customers.

VARO’s biofuels trading capabilities and growing biofuel manufacturing asset base will complement Orim’s extensive distribution, storage and bunkering capabilities in ARA. Under the agreement, VARO will source, produce and blend various waste and advanced bio feedstocks to high quality bunker specifications. Orim will source the fuel and gas oils for blending and deliver the final biofuel blends to customers’ vessels.

VARO has a long track record of providing biofuels for maritime logistics. Since 2018, the company has supplied the Port of Rotterdam with HVO100 (100% Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil “HVO”) for use with the Port’s service fleet. In 2023 VARO signed an agreement with Höegh Autoliners to supply the company with 100% advanced biofuels for its shipping fleet.

The partnership is aligned with VARO’s strategy to become the partner of choice for customers in the energy transition by providing them with the low-carbon energy solutions they need to decarbonise.

Dev Sanyal, CEO of VARO, said: “Meeting rising demand for blended biofuels is critical to achieving the EU and IMO’s decarbonisation targets for shipping. Our experience in biofuels, combined with Orim’s logistics and bunkering operations, will help meet this demand at Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port facility. I am delighted to be entering into a strategic partnership with Orim and to further build on VARO’s long-established presence in Rotterdam. This is another step in our journey to enable the decarbonisation of the maritime sector.

Edwin Coppens, Managing Director of Orim, said: “Upcoming EU and IMO regulations drive the need to scale up with biofuels and ensure quality assurance going forward. Partnering with VARO allows us to do just that, using each other’s strengths to optimize our blending expertise and network. We will benefit from VARO’s extensive experience with biofuels, which includes joint testing with leading ship engine suppliers. Together, we can increase our sourcing and supply capabilities, extending our reach and further strengthening our position in the ARA region.”

 

Photo credit: VARO Energy
Published: 23 February, 2024

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Singapore: Vitol Bunkers takes delivery of specialised biofuel bunker barge “Marine Future”

New vessel will uniquely make it possible to supply biofuel blends including B24, B30 and up to B100; can also be re-configured in future to supply methanol bunker fuel.

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Singapore: Vitol Bunkers takes delivery of specialised biofuel bunker barge “Marine Future”

Singapore-based marine fuel supplier Vitol Bunkers on Thursday (22 February) said it has taken delivery of the Marine Future, its first specialised bunker barge in Singapore, strengthening its position in Asia’s expanding biofuel bunker market.

The addition of this specialised IMO type 2 notation bunker tanker to the V-Bunkers fleet will uniquely make it possible to supply biofuel blends including B24, B30 and up to B100, depending on customer specifications.

Built in China, Marine Future is 102.6m in length and has the capacity to carry about 7,000 MT of biofuels.

“The current fleet of bunker tankers in Singapore are classified as ‘oil tankers’ and are therefore restricted to a maximum of 25% bio component in biofuel blends. This new bunker tanker has no such restriction, hence can deliver bunker fuels consisting of 100% bio component (B100),” the firm said in a statement.

“Biofuels are a key pathway for the hard-to-abate shipping sector to mitigate emissions. Biofuel sales in Singapore reached 520,000 tonnes in 2023 according to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), representing a material increase on the prior year where volumes were 140,000 tonnes.”

“We are delighted to now be able to offer our maritime customers the option to take up to 100% bio component bunker fuel here in Singapore and play our part in advancing the port’s decarbonisation efforts. Should there be demand, this vessel can also be re-configured in future to supply methanol” said Mike Muller, head of Vitol Asia.

Related: Vitol targets Singapore for Asia biofuel growth with bunker barges arrival in 2024
Related: Vitol chooses ZeroNorth e-BDN solution in Singapore

 

Photo credit: Vitol
Published: 22 February, 2024

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PRIO delivers its first bunker fuel supply of B20 in Aveiro Port, Portugal

Firm supplied 50 tonnes of B20, an advanced biofuel blend that combines 20% renewable energy with high-quality marine diesel, to Schulte & Bruns Nederland’s cargo ship “FWN SUN”.

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PRIO delivers its first bunker fuel supply of B20 in Aveiro Port, Portugal

PRIO, a producer of biofuels from residual raw materials in Europe, on Friday (16 February) said it delivered the first supply of ECO Bunkers B20 via a truck-to-ship operation in Aveiro Port. 

The firm supplied 50 tonnes of B20 to Schulte & Bruns Nederland BV's cargo ship FWN SUN resulting in a reduction of 40 tonnes of CO2 and a reduction of up to 87.8% in greenhouse gases, compared to traditional fossil fuels.

“This initiative not only promotes more sustainable shipping, but also demonstrates the joint commitment to sustainability,” the firm said in a social media post. 

Telmo Ferreira, who is responsible for PRIO's Emerging Business and Shipping, highlighted that the increase in demand for quality and environmentally friendly marine fuels motivated the company to develop ECO Bunkers.

According to the firm, ECO Bunkers is an advanced biofuel blend that combines 20% renewable energy with high-quality marine diesel, offering a sustainable solution to the needs of the sector.

 

Photo credit: PRIO
Published: 19 February, 2024

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