Toyota Tsusho Corporation (Toyota Tsusho) announced on Wednesday (10 May) it launched Japan’s first continuous supply of biodiesel blended fuel (bio bunker) on a commercial basis to ships operated by Toyofuji Shipping Co., Ltd. (Toyofuji Shipping) at the Port of Nagoya in April.
The launch of the supply was done together with Group company Toyotsu Energy Corporation (Toyotsu Energy. It follows the repeated biofuel supply trials for ships that Toyota Tsusho conducted at the Port of Nagoya, as well as studies into its effectiveness and practical application.
Toyota Tsusho conducted its first biofuel operation trial at the Port of Singapore in April 2021. Since then, it has conducted verification tests for the commercialisation of biofuel, such as its effectiveness and supply operations, including biofuel supply trials at the Port of Nagoya from April 2022 using ship-to-ship bunkering.
The supply is being made by Toyotsu Energy to Toyofuji Shipping’s car carrier Toyofuji Maru (coastal trading vessel), which Toyotsu Energy has been conducting supply trials, using ship-to-ship bunkering.
Toyota Tsusho, in cooperation with Daiseki Eco. Solution Co., Ltd., is continuing to procure waste cooking oil collected from the employee cafeterias and other facilities of Toyota Group and Toyota Tsusho Group companies, which is being refined and blended with heavy oil as part of the raw materials used for the biofuel being supplied.
“The realisation of this supply is the first step in establishing a supply chain and regular use of biofuels in Japan, helping to promote carbon neutrality in the shipping industry. Toyota Tsusho is aiming to further promote and expand the use of biofuels, and will aim to increase the volume of biofuels handled at this port as well as conduct verification tests at other ports in the future,” the firm said.
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