Malaysian supplier bunkers containership with ISCC-certified biofuel

Tumpuan Megah Development, a subsidiary of Malaysia’s investment holding company Straits Energy Resources Berhad, has completed what is believed to be ‘the first delivery’ of International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC EU) certified marine biofuel by a Malaysian supplier.

Sense Consultancy on behalf of Straits Energy Resources Berhad

Tumpuan Megah supplied approximately 4,500 metric tonnes of ISCC EU-certified B24 marine biofuel to a containership operated by Danish container shipping giant Maersk.

The bunkering operation took place at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas in the state of Johor on April 25, 2024.

“We are excited to announce that Tumpuan Megah has successfully supplied ISCC EU certified marine biofuel to a containership at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas. We believe this was the first delivery of certified sustainable marine biofuel by a Malaysian supplier, underscoring our commitment to support the industry’s transition to alternative fuels and reduce its impact on the environment,” Dato’ Sri Ron Ho Kam Choy, Managing Director of Straits Energy Resources Berhad, commented.

“Sustainable marine biofuels have the potential to substantially reduce carbon emissions and lower the overall carbon footprint of maritime operations. But shipping industry players must also be able to prove that the bio-content in their fuels is sustainable. ISCC EU certification provides the shipping industry with much-needed assurance when it comes to the sustainability of their feedstock, traceability throughout the supply chain, as well as credible, verified emission reductions. As Malaysia’s first ISCC EU-certified supplier and trader of maritime biofuels, and one of the nation’s leading suppliers of quality bunker fuels, we are positioned to play a key role in fueling the industry’s sustainable growth. As demand for marine biofuels accelerates, we expect this business to be a key contributor to our future earnings growth.”

Tumpuan Megah is mainly involved in ship-to-ship bunkering services as well as barging operations. In January 2024, Straits said that Tumpuan Megah had become the first Malaysian industry player to achieve ISCC EU certification as a supplier and trader of biofuels, spearheading the industry’s efforts to lower shipping’s carbon footprint.

The move also set the stage for Straits’ foray into the rapidly growing marine biofuel trading and bunkering industry.

With ISCC EU certification, maritime industry players can demonstrate compliance with the sustainability and GHG emission-saving criteria of the European Union (EU). This includes the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), which has set strict guidelines for which biofuels can be considered sustainable. ISCC certification is recognized in key energy markets, including the European Union, the United Kingdom, Japan and Singapore.