Container shipping company Ocean Network Express (ONE) announced the completion of a second biofuel trial on board Panamax box ship MOL Experience
MOL Experience was refuelled with marine biofuel supplied by GoodFuels at the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands on 7 March 2021. The specifications of the second trial were different from the first trial, with the mixing ratio three times higher in biofuel content.
The vessel consumed the biofuel 24 days into the 36-day trial period, which ended on 12 April 2021.
ONE said the trial’s success shows the viability of biofuels, while helping the liner to meet its carbon reduction targets for 2030 and 2050. The company is aiming to slash its CO2 emissions by 25% from its 2018 baseline by 2030, and by 50% by 2050.
ONE general manager of fleet management Takashi Mishima said, “The second trial was a big challenge for us because of the higher content ratio of biofuel. We are really happy to have completed the trial without any problem. I would like to express my sincere thanks to MOL, GoodFuels and related parties for their collaboration and effort. We will continue to study biofuel usage for ONE’s fleet, as we have the ambition to use biofuels in high ratio and large quantities to decarbonise our fleet.”
GoodFuels chief operating officer Isabel Welten added, “Today’s announcement is another important step towards accelerating the energy transition across shipping. Together with ONE, we are working towards a more structural supply of sustainable marine biofuels, and this second successful trial with ONE shows there is great momentum behind advanced, sustainable biofuels today and into the future.”
ONE, a joint venture between Japan’s transportation giants MOL, NYK and K Line, completed the first trial aboard MOL Experience on 7 February.
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