BHP, Oldendorff & GoodFuels Trial Biofuel in Singapore
Oldendorff Carriers, together with global resources company BHP, advanced biofuels pioneer GoodFuels and with the support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, has successfully conducted the first marine biofuel trial involving an ocean-going vessel bunkered in Singapore. The vessel selected for the biofuel trial was one of the company’s eco-Kamsarmaxes, Kira Oldendorff. The 2020-built 81,290 tdw dry bulk carrier was bunkered with “drop-in” advanced biofuel to be blended with conventional fossil fuels. Minor modifications were carried out to burn the biofuel blend efficiently, and monitoring instruments were installed to capture the trial data as accurately as possible.
The key objectives of the biofuel bunkering trial include understanding the behaviour of the fuel (such as emissions), assessing engine and vessel operational performance during the trial as well as exploring the technical and commercial merits and challenges of biofuels as a marine fuel. The trial will enable us to develop an informed strategy on the structural supply and use of biofuels to support BHP’s key shipping routes.
The advanced biofuel, supplied by GoodFuels, reduces CO2 emissions by 80-90% well-to-exhaust compared with HFO/VLSFO, and uses sustainable waste and residue streams as feedstock.
Oldendorff Carriers chose one of their modern Kamsarmaxes, Kira Oldendorff, for the trial as appropriate modifications to the vessel were easily carried out to burn the biofuel blend efficiently, and monitoring instruments were installed to capture the trial data as accurately as possible.