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NYK conducts trial of marine biofuel on vessel transporting wood chips for Daio Paper

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NYK supplied biodiesel fuel June 22 at Kinuura port in Japan to the wood-chip carrier Daio Austral, which transports wood chips for Daio Paper Corp., NYK announced July 7.

This was the first oceangoing vessel operated by NYK to receive biodiesel fuel in Japan.

The ship then made a test voyage to Cai Lan port in Vietnam, arriving safely June 29.

Toyota Tsusho Marine Fuel Corp. supplied the biofuel, and while sailing, the ship verified the main engine and generator conditions when using the biofuel.

According to NYK, biofuels are considered to be carbon-neutral because the carbon dioxide that is absorbed by the source of the biomass is equal to the carbon dioxide that is released when the fuel is burned.

Since biofuels can also be used in heavy oil-fired engines, they are considered to be a powerful means of reducing greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions during the transition from heavy oil to zero-emission fuels.

From 2019 to 2022, the NYK Group successfully conducted test voyages using biofuels on seven oceangoing vessels, mainly bulk carriers and two tugboats.

This year, the NYK Group aims to conduct test voyages on multiple ships, and this trial was completed with the cooperation of Daio Paper.

NYK said it will continue to actively introduce biofuels and other next-generation fuels to promote decarbonization in marine transportation.

This March, the NYK Group released its medium-term management plan “Sail Green, Drive Transformations 2026—A Passion for Planetary Wellbeing.

The NYK Group said it is promoting growth strategies with ESG at the core, based on the group’s mission statement of “bringing value to life” and a new corporate vision for 2030, which reads, “we go beyond the scope of a comprehensive global logistics enterprise to cocreate value required for the future by advancing our core business and growing new ones.”

This initiative is a part of Sail Green, a brand that emphasizes NYK’s efforts to reduce GHG emissions through the transport of goods and contribute to the ecofriendly supply chains of customers, regardless of the mode of transport.

Last year, the NYK Group began an initiative to collect waste cooking oil used on the cruise ship Asuka II and in the head office employee cafeteria and sell it to domestic biofuel manufacturers.

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