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VPS reiterates importance of understanding nature of biofuels, before mass adoption as bunker fuel for shipping

Assuring to see shipping industry moving towards decarbonisation but current surge in biofuel adoption also leaves a vacuum gap in proper knowledge of handling biofuel, states Captain Rahul Choudhuri.




Rahul at APPEC 2023

An urgency exists for the nature of biofuels to be further understood before mass adoption by the shipping industry as a bunker fuel, advised the Managing Director for Asia, Middle East & Africa (AMEA) at marine fuels testing company VPS.

Captain Rahul Choudhuri was speaking to delegates at Session 3: Alternative fuels: Unlocking their potential to transform shipping of the APPEC 2023 conference on Wednesday (8 September) when he noted of biofuel’s increasing popularity as a quick ‘drop-in’ solution by shipowners keen to meet the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2030 environmental target.

“We have seen a large number of ship owners, both big and small, completing their trials successfully so the popularity has been proven since no engine modification is needed and IMO has now confirmed biofuels for CII reduction at MEPC 80,” stated Captain Choudhuri during his presentation Future Biofuels for shipping.

The development is best shown by VPS experiencing a demand jump from 1% to 61% between the period of 2019 to 2022 for its biofuel testing services.

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A rising forecast towards the increased adoption of biofuels has also led to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), in consultation with relevant industry experts, developing a provisional national standard on specifications of marine biofuel (WA 2:2022).

The Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD), meanwhile, is amid a pilot for drop-in biofuels that aims to establish an assurance framework to ensure the supply chain integrity of current and future green marine fuels. Their full report, where VPS continues to play a key partnership role in the evaluation & future use of biofuels, is expected to be completed soon.  

“It is assuring to see the shipping industry moving towards decarbonisation; however, the current surge in biofuel adoption also leaves a vacuum gap in proper knowledge of handling biofuel as a bunker fuel,” explained Captain Choudhuri.

“For example, biofuels have a greater affinity towards water hence their storage and microbial contamination at sea will be factor influencing quality. And this does not include long-term stability issues of the material due to its inherent instability and oxidation-prone characteristics.

“While poor material compatibility [of biofuels] will likely result in co-mingling and blending issues on board, shipowners will have to consider poor cold flow property associated with the product.”

In light of the above, Captain Choudhuri recommended shipowners to implement a series of proper fuel management controls to minimise risk of encountering off-specification biofuel.


“Each type of biofuel, whether neat 100% FAME, bio-VLSFO, bio-MFO or even HVO (hydrogenated vegetable oils) will need a set of quality controls for effective fuel management in the future. You need to know and understand what the biofuel is, because although it mimics fossil fuels, it is produced in a completely different chemical process” he shared.

Related: Singapore: MPA develops framework to support biofuel bunker fuel deliveries
Related: GCMD and partners complete bunkering of third biofuel supply chain trial, involving tracer dosing
Related: Dubai: Shipowners and peers discuss realities of biofuel adoption at VPS Biofuels Seminar
Related: Singapore: VPS panel discussion presents a masterclass in shipping’s biofuel bunker adoption issues


Photo credit: VPS
Published: 8 September 2023

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Singapore: EPS orders ammonia, LNG dual-fuel vessels from China

EPS signed one contract for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International.






Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Wednesday (28 February) said it signed two new contract orders in a signing ceremony in Shanghai, one for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International. 

The contracts signed cover four 210,000 dwt ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers and two 111,000 dwt LNG dual-fuel LR2 oil tankers, expanding our fleet of green vessels on water. 

“These are pivotal for EPS, testament to our continued commitment towards the decarbonisation of shipping,” EPS said in a social media post.

Manifold Times recently reported EPS signing a contract for its first ever wind-assisted propulsion system, partnering with bound4blue to install three 22-metre eSAILs® onboard the Pacific Sentinel

The turnkey ‘suction sail’ technology, which drags air across an aerodynamic surface to generate exceptional propulsive efficiency, will be fitted later this year, helping the 183-metre, 50,000 DWT oil and chemical tanker reduce overall energy consumption by approximately 10%, depending on vessel routing.

Related: Singapore: EPS orders its first wind-assisted propulsion system for tanker


Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 1 March 2024

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LNG Bunkering

Malaysia: Port of Tanjung Pelepas completes first LNG bunkering operation

Landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs containership operated by French shipping giant CMA CGM.






Port of Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd (PTP), a joint venture between MMC Group and APM Terminals, on Wednesday (28 February) announced a significant milestone with the successful completion of its first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering operation. 

The landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) capacity containership operated by French shipping giant, CMA CGM.

Tan Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, Chairman of PTP in a statement remarked this latest milestone demonstrates PTP’s commitment to continuously enhance its competitive advantages in an increasingly competitive global market.

“The successful completion of our first LNG bunkering operation also underscores our unwavering commitment to sustainability and environmental leadership. We are proud to partner with Petronas Trading Corporation Sendirian Berhad (PETCO) and CMA CGM on this initiative and showcase PTP’s capabilities as a leading facilitator of clean and efficient maritime operations.”

“This milestone paves the way for further growth in LNG bunkering at PTP, contributing significantly to the decarbonisation of the maritime industry.”

Commenting on this achievement, Mark Hardiman, Chief Executive Officer of PTP stated this latest milestone further highlights PTP’s position as the largest transshipment hub terminal in Malaysia.

“In preparation for the LNG bunkering operation, PTP worked closely since March 2022 with PETCO and CMA CGM, as well as with various other related government agencies to organise table-top exercises (TTX) and workshops, before carrying out the deployment exercise.”

“The success of the bunkering operation is a result of the seamless collaboration and preparations involving rigorous safety procedures through in-depth operational and risk assessments, modelling, and validation. We thank PETCO, CMA CGM all other involved parties for their joint efforts in operationalising the bunkering capability and we welcome partners to work with us to accelerate maritime decarbonisation,” said Hardiman.

Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) is Malaysia’s largest transshipment hub with the capacity to handle 13 million TEUs annually. The port delivers reliable, efficient, and advanced services to major shipping lines and box operators, providing shippers in Malaysia and abroad with extensive connectivity to the global market. PTP is currently ranked 15th among the world top container ports.


Photo credit: Port of Tanjung Pelepas
Published: 1 March 2024

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Alternative Fuels

Wallenius Wilhelmsen to order four additional methanol DF PCTCs

Newbuilds will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.





Wallenius Wilhelmsen PCTC order

Roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen on Tuesday (27 February) declared options to build four additional next-generation Shaper Class pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) vessels.

The 9,300 CEU methanol dual fuel vessels can utilise alternative fuel sources, such as methanol, upon delivery. They will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.

“Together with our customers we are committed to further shaping our industry and accelerating towards net zero. These new vessels are a vital part of that journey,” says Xavier Leroi, EVP & COO Shipping Services.

This latest commitment brings the total number of Shaper Class vessels currently on order with Jinling Shipyard (Jiangsu) to eight. Wallenius Wilhelmsen also retains further options.

The first of the Shaper Class vessels already ordered are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2026. The four additional vessels under the declared options will be delivered between May and November 2027.


Photo credit: Wallenius Wilhelmsen
Published: 1 March 2024

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