Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” LINE) announced that has conducted the trial use of B24 marine biofuel comprising 24% fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) blended with very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO), says an article published on Safety4sea.
This is the third successful trial use of marine biofuel by a “K” LINE vessel. “K” LINE would like to accumulate expertise on the operation and use of biofuels. The vessel was supplied with the biofuel in Singapore on 26 November 2022.
According to “K” Line, in December 2022, after completing the loading of Iron Ore at Ponta da Madeira, the vessel started consuming the biofuel while navigating to the discharging port in Kawasaki. In this trial, biofuel had been stored for 2 months in a tank, and the biofuel was used for the long voyage after storage without any large problems.
The FAME component of the marine biofuel blend used in this trial enabled a GHG emissions reduction of about 80-90% in the well-to-wake (from fuel generation to consumption) process without changing current engine specifications.
Contribute the decarbonization
In addition to this trial, “K” LINE already has conducted the same kind of trial use of marine biofuel for a Supramax bulker for carrying hot-rolled steel coils with JFE Steel Corporation. Now “K” LINE has also conducted this trial for their raw materials shipments. “K” LINE aims to contribute the decarbonization of all of the marine transportation in the customer’s supply chain.
Target of improving emissions
In “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050 -Blue Seas for the Future, they have set the 2030 interim target of improving CO2 emissions efficiency by 50% compared with 2008, surpassing the IMO target of a 40% improvement. Furthermore, they set their new target for 2050 as “The Challenge of Achieving Net-Zero GHG Emissions.”
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