TotalEnergies Marine Fuels has completed the first refueling of a COSCO container ship with sustainable marine biofuels.
This is TotalEnergies' first biofuel bunkering operation for a container ship in Singapore.
The 4,250 TEU container ship Cosco Houston was refueled with biofuels supplied by TotalEnergies in Singapore waters, via ship-to-ship transfer.
"We are honoured to partner COSCO Shipping Lines, one of the world's largest container shipping companies, in their decarbonisation journey with the provision of their first biofuel bunker stem. This successful collaboration lays a foundation for both companies to explore new joint initiatives that promote the introduction of clean, low-carbon alternative fuels," commented Laura Ong, general manager of trading and operations for Asia Pacific at TotalEnergies Marine Fuels.
VLSFO (Very Low Sulfur Fuel Oil) blended with 20% second generation, waste-based and ISCC certified UCOME (Used Cooking Oil Methyl Ester), was supplied through an operation made possible with the support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the involvement of local partners.
It is important to note that from a well-to-wake assessment, biofuel will reduce about 17% of greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional fuel oil, according to a statement.
The biofuel has been consumed during the container ship's voyage to Jakarta, Indonesia.
"This milestone bio-bunkering operation also further validates the important role of biofuels in decarbonizing conventional marine fuels, and the potential greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction gains it can bring to existing vessels. In line with TotalEnergies' climate ambition to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 together with society, we will continue to scale up our biofuel capabilities and to support the growing interest for sustainable marine biofuels in this region," noted Laura Ong.