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Monday, November 22, 2021 

Bulk carrier 'Frontier Sky', which is owned by NYK and operated by Tata NYK Shipping, has conducted a trial use of biofuel to transport cargo provided by Tata Steel, the major steel manufacturer in India.

This is the third successful trial use of biofuel by an NYK vessel. Biofuels are considered by NYK to be carbon-neutral because the CO2 that is absorbed by the source of the biomass is equal to the CO2 that is released when the fuel is burned. With increasing demands for reducing greenhouse gases emitted from ships by oceangoing shipping around the world, biofuels are currently attracting attention as an alternative fuel for ships to replace heavy oil.

In this test voyage, the vessel was fuelled with biofuel by Toyota Tsusho Petroleum at the port of Singapore and a test voyage was conducted on a route to the port of Dhamra, India.

This test voyage was realised by matching the objectives of Tata Steel, which aims to decarbonise marine transportation in the supply chain, and NYK, which wanted to further verify the safety and quantity of GHG reduction following the company’s second successful trial use of biofuel. NYK provided technical support, such as biofuel refuelling arrangements and engine operation planning, and Tata NYK provided operational cooperation for the test voyage. The knowledge gained from this test voyage will be shared among Tata Steel, NYK, and Tata NYK; the three companies will continue to collaborate with Tata Steel in an effort toward decarbonisation.

Going forward, the NYK Group will further examine greater use of biofuel within the group’s fleet.

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