A cargo ship boat mannequin is pictured in entrance of Mitsui O.S.Ok. Traces (MOL) emblem on this illustration taken March 3, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photograph

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June 29 (Reuters) – Mitsui O.S.Ok. Traces, Ltd. (MOL) (9104.T) and TotalEnergies Marine Fuels (TTEF.PA) have accomplished the primary refuelling of a ship with biofuels in Singapore, the transport firm mentioned on Wednesday.

The ship, a automotive and truck provider named Heroic Ace, was refueled utilizing biofuel equipped by TotalEnergies by way of a ship-to-ship switch on June 11, MOL mentioned in an announcement.

The biofuel mix that was used within the trial comprised of very low sulphur gasoline oil (VLSFO) blended with 20% second-generation, waste-based and ISCC-certified used cooking oil methyl ester (UCOME), MOL mentioned. ISCC is a sustainability certification system masking bio-based feedstocks and renewables.

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The usage of the biofuel is predicted to cut back roughly 17% of greenhouse fuel emissions in contrast with typical gasoline oil, the corporate added.

“MOL Automotive Service Division has been engaged on trial utilization of biofuel throughout navigation within the European brief haul commerce for greater than a 12 months,” mentioned Koichi Hirata, common supervisor at MOL’s Automotive Service Division. MOL is increasing using biofuels on its ships to longer voyages, Hirata mentioned.

The biofuel was used in the course of the provider’s voyage to Jebel Ali within the United Arab Emirates.

The transport business has seen an uptick in biofuel bunkering trials this 12 months, as maritime decarbonisation gathers tempo and bunkering demand for different fuels rises.

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Reporting by Jeslyn Lerh
Modifying by Mark Potter

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