GCMD And NYK Line Collaborate On Project LOTUS

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  • The Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD) and NYK Line have partnered to launch Project LOTUS, a six-month trial to assess the continuous use of biofuels on vessel operations.
  • This initiative aims to address concerns about the long-term impact of biofuels, particularly Fatty Acid Methyl Esters (FAME), on engine performance and onboard systems operations.

GCMD and NYK Line have joined forces to conduct a comprehensive study on the continuous use of biofuels in maritime operations. Project LOTUS will provide valuable insights into the practical implications of biofuels adoption, aiming to inform industry stakeholders and contribute to the decarbonisation of the maritime sector.

Understanding Biofuels Impact

Project LOTUS will trial the continuous use of a biofuels blend, comprising 24% FAME and very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO), onboard a short-sea vehicle carrier. This trial will allow for the monitoring of engine performance and fuel delivery system operations, addressing concerns about chemical degradation and microbial growth associated with biofuels use.

Industry Guidelines and Total Cost Evaluation

The project seeks to establish industry guidelines for monitoring engine and equipment performance when using biofuels. It will also evaluate the total cost of ownership of biofuels adoption, covering fuel costs and additional maintenance expenses. By identifying challenges and recommending mitigation strategies, Project LOTUS aims to facilitate informed decision-making for shipowners and operators.

Collaborative Industry Efforts

Project LOTUS involves collaboration among industry partners, with GCMD leading the initiative and NYK Line providing the vessel and managing fuel procurement. Fuel and lube oil analyses will be conducted by VPS, while Gard will offer support as an insurance and risk assessment consultant. The project’s quantitative findings will contribute to the revision of standards for biofuel-based blends and inform vessel compliance with regulations.

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Source: NYK