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NYK Line bulk carrier “Frontier Sky” conducts biofuel trial during commercial voyage

23 Nov 2021

Japanese shipping company NYK Line on Monday (22 November) said it has conducted a biofuel trial onboard its bulk carrier Frontier Sky operated by Tata NYK Shipping Pte. Ltd. to transport cargo provided by Tata Steel Limited.

In the test voyage, Toyota Tsusho Petroleum Pte. Ltd. supplied the biofuel at the port of Singapore on 14 November and conducted a test voyage on a route to the port of Dhamra, India.

“Biofuels are considered to be carbon-neutral because the carbon dioxide (CO2) that is absorbed by the source of the biomass is equal to the carbon dioxide that is released when the fuel is burned,” said NYK Line.

“With increasing demands for reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted from ships by oceangoing shipping around the world, biofuels are currently attracting attention as an alternative fuel for ships to replace heavy oil.”

The test voyage was realised by matching the objectives of Tata Steel to decarbonise marine transportation in the supply chain and NYK to further verify the safety and quantity of GHG reduction following the company’s second successful trial use of biofuel.

NYK provided technical support such as biofuel refuelling arrangements and engine operation planning, and Tata NYK provided operational cooperation for the test voyage. 

The gathered knowledge from the test voyage will be shared among Tata Steel, NYK, and Tata NYK. The three companies will continue to collaborate with Tata Steel in an effort toward decarbonisation.

NYK Group will further examine biofuel greater use within the group’s fleet, as the company seek to provide maximum solutions for its customers’ drive toward decarbonisation and further expand efforts regardless of industry or region.

On February 3, NYK released the NYK Group ESG Story, which aims to further integrate ESG into the company’s management strategy and promotes activities that contribute to the achievement of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) through business activities.

To strongly promote ESG management, NYK will continue its efforts for decarbonisation and realising carbon neutral marine transportation and supply chains adding to new value creation as a sustainable solution provider.


Photo credit: MarineTraffic / smp
Published: 23 November, 2021

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