NYK Begins Long-Term Biofuel Test on Crude Oil Tanker

Bird eye view of an oil tanker at sea
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Japan-based NYK Line has begun its first long-term biofuel test on a large crude oil tanker, the Tenjun. This marks NYK's first extended biofuel trial on a vessel, following short-term biofuel tests on bulk carriers, car carriers, and LPG carriers.

NYK reported that the biofuel was supplied to the Tenjun in Singapore. The vessel will use the biofuel continuously for three months to test and ensure the safety and stability of long-term biofuel use.

The Tenjun, a crude oil tanker sailing under the flag of Panama, has been confirmed for this long-term biofuel trial. Built in 2008 by Japan Marine United Corporation, the vessel is owned by NYK.

According to NYK, biofuels are derived from organic resources and are known to produce virtually zero carbon dioxide emissions when burned. NYK noted that biofuels are a key alternative to heavy engine oil, capable of reducing greenhouse gas emissions significantly. 

This trial represents a major step for the shipping industry in transitioning from heavy engine oil to near-zero-emission fuel.

Previously, the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation partnered with NYK to launch Project LOTUS, aimed at testing the impact of continuous biofuel use over longer periods on vessel operations.