HMM conducted a trial use of a sustainable marine biofuel on its 6,400 TEU container ship HMM Tacoma calling in Busan, South Korea.
In particular, HMM Tacoma, operated in FIL service connecting Far East, India and Latin America, was refuelled with the biofuel blend during its bunkering at the Port of Busan.
According to the company, this marine biofuel, supplied by GS Caltex, consists of 30% biodiesel derived from used cooking oil and 70% high-sulfur fuel oil (HSFO), reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 24% compared to conventional fuels. Additionally, biofuel has the merit of being compatible with current ship engines without technological modification.
Furthermore, HMM plans to expand the use of biofuel gradually, reaching about 5-10% of annual fuel consumption.
An HMM representative said, "We continue to find a way to go green, making meaningful progress toward a carbon-free future. To this end, we will seek to enhance our environmental competence and thereby be positioned as a top-rated carrier in responding to climate issues."
Last April, HMM signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GS Caltex to secure marine biofuels.