Wallenius Wilhelmsen bunkers B30 biofuel in South Korea
M/V Torrens is the first Wallenius Wilhelmsen vessel to be bunkered with B30 HSFO-Biofuel after calling at Masan Port, South Korea, as part of its regular sailing schedule.
A drop-in fuel which can be used in existing engines without any modification or tank cleaning, HSFO Biofuel is a HSFO blended with UCOME.
Jang Hongseok, manager energy sourcing, Wallenius Wilhelmsen, said: “Despite the growing demand and supply of biofuels around the world, the preparation of biofuels in Korean ports has been somewhat slow.
“As Korea is one of our major bunkering ports, stable biofuel supply is essential to secure flexibility of tonnage allocation, so I am pleased to have a B30 HSFO trial with GS Caltex, one of Korea's major fuel suppliers, and I hope close cooperation will continue in the future.”
Cha Hyungmin, team leader of GS Caltex Biofuel team, added: “GS Caltex has paved the way for developing bio-marine fuels in Korea, and we expect this B30 Bio-Marine Fuel (HSFO) trial with Wallenius Wilhelmsen will be a meaningful step for scrubber installed vessels of global shipping companies to reduce their carbon emissions when calling Korean ports.
“We hope to expand the relationship with Wallenius Wilhelmsen and support as a carbon reduction solution partner in Korea."
Wallenius Wilhelmsen is currently assessing the viability of both HSFO-Biofuel blends and VLSFO-Biofuel blends in the Asia region as part of its global deep-sea trade decarbonization strategy.