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Ocean Network Express successfully completes biofuel bunker trial in trans-Atlantic journey

11 Feb 2021

Container shipping company headquartered in Singapore and Tokyo, Ocean Network Express Pte Ltd (ONE), on Wednesday (10 February) announced its successful trial use of biofuel bunkers to power the M/V MOL Experience.

The trial was completed on Sunday, 7 February, following the bunkering operation at the Port of Rotterdam in November 2020 and was performed in collaboration with shipowner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and leading sustainable biofuel pioneer GoodFuels.

During this first trial, the sustainable biofuel was blended with conventional fossil fuels enabling the
M/V MOL Experience to make its Atlantic crossings between Europe and the USA.

The success of the trial proves the viability of sustainable biofuels which will help ONE to meet its carbon reduction targets in 2030 and 2050 respectively.

The biofuel used in the trial was made from waste oils such as used cooking oil. As biofuels are considered to be carbon-neutral because the carbon dioxide that is absorbed by the source of the biomass is equal to the carbon dioxide released when the fuel is burned, explained ONE.

GoodFuels’ sustainable are functionally equivalent to petroleum derived marine fuels, with no modification required to the engine or the fuel infrastructure. They are virtually free of sulphur oxides and deliver 80-90% “well-to exhaust” CO2 reduction.

The use of biofuels will help address ONE’s environmental sustainability targets, which aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions (in gram/teu-km) by 25% from our baseline by 2030, and by 50% by 2050.

“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,” said Takeshi Mishima, General Manager of Fleet Management, ONE.

“In order to accomplish our environmental vision, we are pursuing possibilities of various alternative marine fuel options,” added Michihiko Nakano, General Manager of Bunker Business Division, MOL.

“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.”

Photo credit: Ocean Network Express
Published: 11 February, 2021

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