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11/22/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/22/2021 04:10

Japan’s NYK, India's Tata use biofuel for bulk carrier

Japanese shipping firm Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Indian steelmaker Tata Steel have completed a trial use of biofuel for a bulk carrier, as part of efforts to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ocean-going vessels.

The companies on 14 November bunkered 100t of biofuel in Singapore, which was made from used cooking oil consumed in the country. The biofuel was blended with low-sulphur marine gasoil for the 179,288 deadweight tonne (dwt) Frontier Sky. The vessel carried feedstock from Singapore to Dhamra port on India's east coast for Tata Steel's steel manufacturing facility.

This was NYK's third trial using biofuel as bunker fuel, after the company ran a test voyage in June, using the same biofuel to carry iron ore from Singapore to South Africa.

The marine fuel delivery operation was supported by Toyota Tsusho Petroleum, an affiliate of Japanese trading firm Toyota Tsusho. The company during April-September collaborated with Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority MPA to study the feasibility of providing regular biofuel supplies to ocean-going vessels as an alternative to conventional marine fuels.

By Maiko Nakashima