NYK’s Long-term Biofuel Test On VLCC Tenjun


Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) has initiated a long-term biofuel test run on its very large crude oil tanker (VLCC) Tenjun. This is the first time an NYK-operated VLCC is engaging in such an extended biofuel trial, aiming to verify the safe and stable procurement of biofuel for long-term use. The vessel received its initial supply of biofuel in Singapore and will continue to use it for approximately three months.

Biofuels: A Path to Zero Emissions

Biofuels, derived from organic resources like agricultural residues and waste cooking oil, are considered to have virtually zero CO₂ emissions when combusted. This makes them a key player in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions during the transition from heavy oil to zero-emission fuels. Biofuels can be used in heavy-oil-powered ship engines, which are common on large merchant ships, thus providing a practical alternative to traditional fossil fuels.

Vessel Specifications and Capabilities

The Tenjun, built in 2008 by IHI Marine United Shipbuilding Corporation, measures 330 meters in length and 60 meters in width. It has a gross tonnage of 159,927 tons and a deadweight tonnage of 302,108 tons. These specifications make the Tenjun a significant vessel for testing the viability and effectiveness of biofuels on large-scale maritime operations.

NYK’s Commitment to Sustainable Growth

This biofuel initiative is part of NYK’s medium-term management plan, “Sail Green, Drive Transformations 2026 — A Passion for Planetary Wellbeing.” The plan emphasizes growth strategies with ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) at its core. Under the “Sail GREEN” brand, NYK is dedicated to reducing GHG emissions and contributing to eco-friendly supply chains across various modes of transport. This long-term biofuel test underscores NYK’s commitment to advancing sustainable practices and achieving its vision for 2030.

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Source: NYK LINE