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d’Amico Group testing biofuel decarbonisation potential

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d’Amico Group has started testing biofuel blends (B30) derived from advanced second generation feedstock on board its LR1 product tankers.
d’Amico Group, TRAFIGURA, ABS, RINA, Lloyd’s Register’s Fuel Oil Bunker Analysis Advisory Service (FOBAS), the Liberian Registry and MAN Energy Solutions are working together to calculate possible CO2 emissions reduction through a “lifecycle strategy”, using well-to-wheel (WTW) analysis to compare the performance of biofuels to traditional fossil fuels.
The project will assess the stability and degradation of the biofuel in relation to storage time and NOx emissions to confirm that the use of biofuel B30 will not affect the certification of the engines.
The tests will be undertaken on d’Amico’s vessels, Cielo Bianco and Cielo di Rotterdam, and the low carbon alternative second generation fuel will be supplied by bunkering supply company TFG Marine in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region.
The pre-trial phase of the project started in March when details of the nature and composition of the biofuel blends were made available and the establishment of the protocols relating to fuel testing, inspections, NOx measurement and the sea trials.
The second phase, the trials on board the vessels, is scheduled for mid-June in accordance with the planned trade routes of the vessels.
This phase will start as soon as the bunkering is completed, and all protocols have been defined and approved.
The trial phase will monitor the behaviour of the main engine, the diesel generators and the boilers in burning the biofuel blend.