Trial Use Of Marine Biofuel For Decarbonization On Supramax Bulker


Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” LINE) is glad to announce that, with the assistance of JFE Steel Corporation, we have successfully completed a trial use of marine biofuel on the Supramax bulker “ALBION BAY” that was provided by cutting-edge marine biofuel supply company GoodFuels. 

Successful test 

This is the “K” LINE vessel’s second successful test use of marine biofuel. “K” LINE and GoodFuels have a contract for the delivery of marine biofuel. On July 24, 2022, the vessel finished loading the hot-rolled steel coils at the JFE Steel Corporation West Japan Works and commenced sailing to the Pakistani port of discharge. On August 3rd, 2022, the marine biofuel was delivered to the ship off Singapore. The ship did a marine biofuel trial run after departing Singapore, and on August 16th, 2022, it safely arrived at the unloading port. 

Alternative fuel 

In general, marine biofuel has the potential to develop into an alternative fuel that is environmentally benign. Without altering present engine specifications, bio-diesel will be able to cut CO2 by roughly 80–90% in the well-to-wake (from fuel generation to consumption) process. In this experiment, we mix marine biofuel with biodiesel and fossil gasoline. In addition to this study, “K” LINE plans to conduct a similar trial using a cape-size bulker to transport raw materials for JFE Steel Corporation.


By doing so, we hope to contribute to the decarbonization of all marine transportation throughout our customer’s supply chain. We have established the 2030 intermediate aim of increasing CO2 emission efficiency by 50% over 2008 in “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050 – Blue Seas for the Future (Note1), exceeding the IMO target of 40% improvement. Additionally, we designated “The Challenge of Achieving Net-Zero GHG Emissions” as our new 2050 goal. As part of our action plan, we’ll keep working to introduce new fuels with minimal environmental impact and take on the challenge of meeting the goals we’ve set.


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Source: K-Line