The six-month global test opened on Wednesday with the refueling of the 10,640 teu APL Paris in Singapore. The bunkering operation, with support from the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), was carried out in parallel with container loading and unloading at PSA Singapore.
The six-month trial will involve up to 32 vessels ranging in capacity from 2,200 to 10,640 TEU, covering a range of trade routes including Asia-South America, Asia-Africa, Asia-Oceania, Asia-Mediterranean, North Europe-Oceania and North Europe. North America.
Some of these ships will be refueled in Singapore with B24 biofuel, which consists of 24% used cooking oil methyl ester (UCOME). Sustainably sourced with waste coke oil CMA CGM said the B24 drop-in fuel could reduce carbon emissions by 21%.
MPA Chief Executive Quah Ley Hoon said, “CMA CGM’s global biofuel bunker trial demonstrates its commitment to the clean energy transition in the marine industry. As the world’s largest bunker and handling port The MPA will be happy to support you APL PARIS Bunkering of biofuels in Singapore.”
CMACGM is already using biofuels on ships serving the intra-European market.
Stéphane Courquin, Chief Executive Officer of CMA CGM Asia Pacific, said: “This global biofuel trial and bunkering in Singapore drives CMA CGM’s energy transition and paves the way for the uptake of biofuel as one of the solutions to decarbonize shipping.
“As the use of biofuels is assessed on several key trade routes and onboard ships of different sizes, we will collect a comprehensive dataset to verify biofuel’s performance as a marine fuel and gain insights to drive wider adoption of biofuel as a clean fuel to facilitate.”
The large-scale biofuel trial complements CMA CGM’s commitment to LNG as a marine fuel and by 2024 will have 44 LNG-powered container ships that are also e-methane ready.