Global resources company BHP started a pilot project using biofuel to power a bulk carrier on the second leg of its journey from Australia to Europe.
The advanced biofuel, supplied by GoodFuels, reduces CO2 emissions by 80-90% well-to-exhaust compared with conventional fuel, and uses sustainable waste and residue streams as feedstock.
The 81,290 deadweight tonne dry bulk carrier Kira Oldendorff was refuelled with a “drop-in” advanced biofuel blend, with the trial expected to deepen BHP’s understanding of the benefits to emissions reduction, engine and vessel operational performance and the structural supply of biofuels on BHP’s key shipping routes.
These objectives are in line with BHP’s strategy to assess biofuels as a potential low-carbon fuel of the future.
This is an important step in enabling BHP to establish pathways for meeting one of its Scope 3 greenhouse gas emission goals for 2030.
BHP’s vice president of maritime, Rashpal Bhatti, said: “We are delighted to be working with Oldendorff Carriers and GoodFuels, with the support of MPA, to carry out the first biofuel trial involving an ocean-going vessel bunkered here in Singapore.
“We strive hard to work with our customers, suppliers and other stakeholders along the value chain to influence emissions reductions across the full life cycle of our products and we fully support moves to decarbonise the maritime industry.”
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