NYK starts Japan’s first 100% biofuel supply trial for ships

Japanese shipping giant Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) have started a test navigation using Neste renewable diesel (NesteRD) supplied by Itochu Enex in tugboats operated by subsidiary Shin-Nippon Kaiyosha. This is the first case in Japan of a 100% concentration of biodiesel being used in a ship.

NesteRD is a 100% renewable fuel product that is manufactured from waste cooking oil and animal oil that would not be used by the food industry. NYK claims it can reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a lifecycle assessment basis by about 90% compared to petroleum-derived diesel fuel and can be used as a so-called drop-in fuel, just like gasoline or diesel oil, without modifying the existing infrastructure.

“As a next-generation renewable fuel, NesteRD can greatly contribute to the reduction of GHG emissions by minimizing the introduction cost related to decarbonization measures, and its use in the shipping industry is expected to further expand in the future,” NYK stated in a release.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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