Uni-Tankers, KPI OceanConnect complete biofuel trial
Denmark’s tanker shipping company Uni-Tankers and marine energy solutions provider KPI OceanConnect have completed the trial of the B30 biofuel blend onboard Uni-Tankers chemical tanker.
As informed, the trial took place in Amsterdam on board Uni-Tankers’ 5,700 DWT chemical tanker M/T Alsia Swan.
KPI OceanConnect arranged for the supply of 34,000 litres of bio grade fuel containing a 30% blend of FAME (fatty acid methyl esters). The fuel supply was part of a two-day trial, which saw emissions for the biofuel measured and compared with emissions for LSMGO under the same conditions.
KPI OceanConnect’s local team oversaw the blending process to ensure the fuel met precise specifications and was on hand for the delivery to ensure the specially blended product supplied for the M/T Alsia Swan trials was good quality.
Throughout the trial, tests were carried out at four different loads to assess the reliability and performance of the bio-fuel blend.
Alongside trials of the B30 biofuel, Uni-Tankers ran identical operations for an LSMGO fuel of equal quality, allowing accurate comparisons of the B30 biofuel performance. Sampling and analysis for the trial was performed by a team from FORCE Technology.
In the results from the trial, Uni-Tankers saw particulate matter (PM) emissions reduced by as much as 42% when fuel supply was switched from LSMGO fuel to B30. Carbon monoxide (CO) emissions were also reduced by 18%, according to the partners.
By using a blend of 30% biofuel and 70% fossil MGO, M/T Alsia Swan can cut lifecycle emissions of CO2 by an equivalent amount. In a future of tightening regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, this will be an important interim step ship owners can take to maintain compliance and support decarbonisation, the partners highlighted.
“We are very pleased to be partnering with the Uni-Tankers team on this project to deliver high-grade biofuel for their vessel in Amsterdam. By sharing our knowledge and providing expert guidance on fuel strategies, including finding the right biofuel blend ratio to meet the specific needs of vessel operators, we aim to build partnerships with our clients that support their long-term success through the energy transition in shipping,” Jesper Sørensen, Global Head of New Fuels and Carbon Markets, KPI OceanConnect, commented.
“The need to cut emissions is one of the most urgent matters in the shipping industry and we are very pleased to be working with KPI OceanConnect for the biofuel trials on the M/T Alsia Swan. Decarbonization is at the top our strategic agenda and we aim to contribute to a climate-resilient development of the shipping industry. These trials enable us to assess the potential and viability of biofuels as part of our ongoing decarbonization efforts,” Lisa Clement Jensen, Head of Strategy at Uni-Tankers, stated.
The trials are an important step for understanding the emissions performance of biofuel and validating its potential to help cut carbon emissions.
To remind, Uni-Tankers has recently unveiled that it has added five new vessels to its fleet. The fleet expansion includes long-term deals for four newbuilding vessels and one ECO small clean chemical/product tanker built in 2022, named M/T Sedat Basak.