TotalEnergies completes first marine bio-VLSFO bunker delivery in Singapore
17th March 2022 12:15 GMT


TotalEnergies Marine Fuels said March 16 it has carried out its first marine bio-very low sulfur fuel oil bunker delivery in Singapore.


The delivery was part of a biofuel trial recently completed by NYK Line and Anglo American.

On a two-way voyage between Singapore and Saldanha Bay, South Africa, a B10 biofuel blend composed of VLSFO blended with 10% second-generation, waste-based and ISCC-certified used cooking oil methyl ester was supplied via ship-to-ship transfer to bulk carrier MT Friendship.

The delivered B10 biofuel blend provides a 10% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The trial showed that biofuel can be used safely in maritime applications without any major modifications, demonstrating the fuel’s potential to be used ahead of IMO 2030 carbon emissions targets, the company said.

“This trial has allowed us to initiate the structuring of a supply chain with local expertise to create a sustainable, cost-efficient and low-carbon biofuel offer for the shipping sector in the region,” said Laura Ong, general manager of trading and operations for Asia Pacific, TotalEnergies Marine Fuels, based in Singapore.

However, the uptake of biofuels would come at a cost. Regulatory measures will have to be introduced to address the higher cost of biofuels if shipping is to increase the commercial, long-term use of this fuel choice, TotalEnergies Marine Fuels Strategy & Projects Director Frederic Meyer said in a blog post in October 2021.

The delivery is part of the shipping industry's drive toward decarbonization by developing a wide range of fuel solutions ahead of IMO 2030.

“We will continue to conduct more bespoke trials with our customers and to ultimately provide a scalable solution of this lower-carbon marine fuel,” said Ong.

Bunkerworld ,
17th March 2022 12:15 GMT