Euronav successfully tested a B30 biofuel on a Suezmax tanker using a blend from energy supplier BP.
Euronav is committed to accelerate the transition to lower carbon alternatives by testing the operational readiness and emission reduction potential of biofuels in a context of strategic partnerships.
Euronav bunkered 1,502 MT of a B30 biodiesel blend manufactured by BP on the Suezmax Statia. The biofuel is composed of 30% advanced carbon neutral biofuel mixed with 70% of a conventional VLSFO bunker fuel.
The blend was supplied in the port of Rotterdam, where there is a government incentive in place to allow for cost effective blending of biofuels into marine fuels (Incentive Scheme for Climate-Friendly Shipping).
The Suezmax Statia tested approximately 360 MT of the B30 biofuel blend during a two-week trial in September while the vessel was in commercial operations on its way to Angola.
The trial of the blend was successful and showed no significant differences in operations or any malfunctions that could lead to a breakdown.
Rustin Edwards, head of fuel oil at Euronav, said: “It is important for us to understand how to handle biofuels on our vessels, to test their longevity and stability, and how they behave when used in engines, generators and alike.
“The migration into using biofuels is a critical step on the road to reducing emissions, as the use of biofuel will reduce our overall impact on the environment with little additional investment. The use of biofuel blends will be a critical bridge to decarbonisation until the development and commercial availability of zero emissions fuels. As we continue this journey toward decarbonisation, we will keep on adjusting our operations and our fuel procurement strategies as needed.”
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