February 10, 2023 [riviera] – TotalEnergies Marine Fuels has successfully completed its first refuelling of a Hapag-Lloyd container vessel in Singapore with used cooking oil methyl ester (UCOME)-based, marine biofuel
This inaugural bunker operation marks the start of a term supply agreement between the two companies, which commits TotalEnergies to providing very low sulphur fuel oil blended with 24% second-generation, waste-based and ISCC-certified UCOME to Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet. Based on a well-to-wake assessment, this B24 biofuel blend will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 20% compared with conventional fuel oil.
TotalEnergies Marine Fuels vice president Louise Tricoire believes the operation underlines both companies’ long-term collaboration to explore and develop initiatives that promote the introduction of low-carbon alternative fuels, saying, “Importantly, this biofuel bunker term contract also ushers a new chapter for TotalEnergies Marine Fuels, as we build on our operational expertise gained from multiple biofuel bunker trials we have done in 2022, to provide a scalable solution of this lower-carbon marine fuel.
Afif, Hapag-Lloyd’s 15,000-TEU container vessel, took on 2,000 tonnes of biofuel on 20 January. The ship-to-ship biofuel transfer used Jurong Port Universal Terminal’s (JPUT) services, which also took on 100% UCOME bio-component into their storage tanks for the first time.
Hapag-Lloyd senior director, global fuel purchasing Jan Christensen said, “We are very pleased with the co-operation with TotalEnergies for the supply of biofuel in Singapore. This is another early step for Hapag-Lloyd on our decarbonisation journey.”
“In combination with other green fuels, biofuel will play an important role towards a carbon-free environment by 2045. Consistent supply of biofuel in Singapore will allow us to offer sustainable transport solutions to our customers, thereby supporting them in their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.”
JPUT chief executive Loh Wei said, “As the largest independent petroleum storage terminal in Asia, JPUT has been working on several new initiatives on low-carbon fuels for the last two years. We are glad to be able to bring this UCOME initiative to the market in record time, thanks to the close collaboration with TotalEnergies.
With this and other new initiatives focused on carbon reduction, clean fuels and sustainability, JPUT is well-positioned to be a leading clean and sustainable future fuels storage provider, reinforcing Singapore’s status as the world’s leading bunkering hub.”
Singapore – already a bunkering hub – has taken the lead in introducing newer fuels. The Port is focusing on ammonia with the Marine Port Authority, a lead partner in the Castor Initiative to develop and promote the use of ammonia as a marine fuel.
The Castor Initiative includes MISC Berhad, Lloyd’s Register, Samsung Heavy Industries, MAN Energy Solutions, Yara Clean Ammonia, Jurong Port and most recently, TotalEnergies.
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