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NYK participates in Japan’s first ship-to-ship biofuel supply trial for tugboats

For the first time in Japan, shipping company Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and its subsidiary Sanyo Kaiji Kabushiki Kaisha have started testing navigation using biodiesel in tugboats fueled by ship-to-ship bunkering at the Port of Nagoya.

As noted, the continuous three-month test sailing is carried out in tugboats operated by Sanyo Kaiji using biofuel supplied by Toyotsu Energy Corporation.

With support from the Nagoya Port Authority, three trials are planned by July.

According to the parties, the first attempt to supply biofuel by ship-to-ship bunkering in Japan took place on April 19.

Bunkering operation at Nagoya Port Garden Pier. Source: NYK

Some of the biofuel supplied to the tug Tahara Maru was recycled from waste cooking oil collected from domestic Toyota Group and Toyota Tsusho Group companies.

“Thiss is an initiative that contributes to a circular economy by building a supply chain through local production and local consumption”, the companies said.

Looking ahead, NYK Line and Sanyo Kaiji intend to promote the use of environmentally friendly fuels such as biofuels and contribute to the realization of a carbon-free society.

Most recently, NYK collaborated with British mining company Anglo American to carry out a trial using biofuel to transport goods.

During the test voyage, the Friendship, a Capesize bulk carrier owned by Seanergy Maritime and chartered by NYK, was supplied with biofuel by TotalEnergies Marine Fuels at the Port of Singapore in January 2022,

The trial showed that biofuel can lead to up to 10% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to conventional marine fuel.

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