TotalEnergies completes first marine biofuel trial in Singapore
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TotalEnergies completes first marine biofuel trial in Singapore

TotalEnergies Marine Fuels has completed its first marine bio-VLSFO (Very Low Sulfur Fuel Oil) bunker delivery in Singapore’s port waters, as part of a biofuel trial recently completed by NYK Line and Anglo American.

During the operation, a B10 biofuel blend composed of VLSFO blended with 10% second-generation, waste-based and ISCC-certified UCOME (Used Cooking Oil Methyl Ester) was supplied via ship-to-ship transfer to MT Friendship, a bulk carrier owned by Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. and chartered by NYK Line to transport cargo provided by Anglo American. The biofuel was consumed during her two-way voyage between Singapore and Saldanha Bay, South Africa.

The UCOME bio-component, sourced from the circular economy, can achieve more than 80% reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared with heavy fuel oil from a well-to-wake analysis. Consequently, the delivered B10 biofuel blend provides a reduction of up to 10% in GHG emissions. The trial also showed that the biofuel can be safely used in relevant marine applications without any modifications. These results, coupled with the vessel’s smooth operational performance throughout the trial, demonstrate the potential of biofuels in assisting ship owners to meet the International Maritime Organization’s carbon emissions reduction targets.

The trial run also underlines TotalEnergies’ pioneering efforts in setting up a local biofuel supply chain for this trial, including land storage, blending and the eventual bunkering operation. The local operation was made possible with support from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the involvement of local partners, including Singapore bunker barging company V-Bunkers and tank storage company Vopak Terminals Singapore at Penjuru.

This biofuel delivery forms part of TotalEnergies Marine Fuels’ drive to develop a range of fuel solutions to help the shipping industry’s move towards decarbonization.

“We are delighted to partner with NYK Line and Anglo American for our first marine biofuel delivery in Singapore. This trial has allowed us to initiate the structuring of a supply chain with local expertise to create a sustainable, cost-efficient and low-carbon biofuel offer for the shipping sector in the region,” said Laura Ong, general manager of Trading and Operations for Asia Pacific, TotalEnergies Marine Fuels, based in Singapore. “We will continue to conduct more bespoke trials with our customers and to ultimately provide a scalable solution of this lower-carbon marine fuel.”