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Singapore: ExxonMobil, Tata NYK Shipping complete bio-based bunker fuel delivery

04 Oct 2022

ExxonMobil on Monday (3 October) said it has successfully completed a commercial bio-based marine fuel oil bunkering operation in the port of Singapore on 26 September.

The bio bunker fuel was delivered to MV Sagar Moti of Tata NYK Shipping which is currently carrying salt from Mundra (in India) to Vietnam.

The fuel oil is a combination of a conventional 0.50% sulphur fuel with up to 25% waste-based fatty acid methyl esters (FAME). The resulting blend meets ISO 8217:2017*, with the exception of FAME content, which complies with EN 14214**.

The bio-component has been accredited by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) organisation. ExxonMobil is already supplying marine biofuel in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region, following a successful sea trial.

“Tata NYK is pleased to partner with ExxonMobil and believes marine biofuels have an important role to play in achieving Tata NYK’s sustainability goals. We are targeting to achieve approximately 20-22% CO2 emissions reduction compared with conventional petroleum based HFO/VLSFO, calculated on an energy basis,” said Captain Zareer Antia, Senior General Manager, Marine, Technical & Operations, Tata NYK.

“As an engine-ready fuel, we already understand the storage, handling and treatment requirements of this fuel, which makes it an ideal choice for us. Tata NYK has been examining biofuels with continuous trials and is at the forefront in meeting its Customer’s sustainability goals.”

“We are proud to collaborate with Tata NYK for this successful delivery of marine biofuels in Singapore,” said Haur-Bin Chua, Regional Commercial Fuels Sales Director, Marine, ExxonMobil Asia Pacific.

“As an engine-ready fuel, the bio-based marine fuel oil can be used without the need for expensive fuel system or engine modifications, and can help provide ship operators with an immediate reduction in emissions, compared with full hydrocarbon alternatives. Our ISCC-approved marine biofuels enable us to support our customers’ sustainability ambitions.”

*ISO 8217:2017(en), Petroleum products — Fuels (class F) — Specifications of marine fuels.
**EN 14214, Liquid petroleum products — Fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) for use in diesel engines and heating applications — Requirements and test methods


Photo credit: ExxonMobil
Published: 4 October, 2022

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