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MPA supports first marine biofuel training in Singapore

Singapore Business Review logo Singapore Business Review 15/4/2021 Staff Reporter
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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has supported the conducting of the first marine biofuel trial involving an ocean-going vessel bunkered in Singapore by global resources company BHP, German shipping company Oldendorff Carriers, and advanced biofuels pioneer GoodFuels on 4 April.

According to the joint release, the 2020-built dry bulk carrier Kira Oldendorff was refuelled with "drop-in" advanced biofuel blended with conventional fossil fuels as part of the trial. The carrier weighs 81,290 deadweight tonne.

The biofuel bunkering trial aims to understand the behaviour of the fuel, assess engine and vessel operational performance, and explore the technical and commercial merits and challenges of biofuels as a marine fuel.

"Singapore is committed to the environmental sustainability of the shipping industry. We welcome interested parties to cooperate on the research, development and piloting of clean marine fuels in reducing the impact of shipping on the environment," MPA senior director (operations and marine services) Daknashamoorthy Ganasen said.

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