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Pacific International Lines trials marine biofuel

The Kota Megah arriving at Singapore for marine biofuel bunkering (Photo: PIL)

As part of ongoing efforts to achieve its decarbonization objectives, Pacific International Lines shared that it is conducting a trial use of marine biofuel on its container vessel Kota Megah when it called at the port of Singapore April 10.

The Kota Megah preparing for marine biofuel bunkering in Singapore (Photo: PIL)

The main aim of the trial is to test the feasibility of using marine biofuel on the engines of the vessel, and to obtain firsthand data on the potential carbon and other emissions. With the experience, PIL will be able to better assess the technical and commercial viability of using biofuel as a potential drop-in fuel solution to achieve the overall reduction in carbon emissions of its vessels.

“This marine biofuel trial is another important step for us in our journey towards reducing carbon emissions across our fleet,” said Lars Kastrup, PIL co-president and executive director. “While we have identified LNG, which reduces carbon emissions by around 20 percent, as the most immediate and pragmatic transitional fuel option for the ships which we recently ordered, we are also looking at similar practical solutions for our existing ships. We will continue to play our part in exploring and investing in the variety of decarbonization solutions and technologies. We believe such investments are necessary to support the scaling up of the supply and infrastructure so as to enable the wide-spread adoption of the net-zero fuels of the future.”

The type of biofuel on trial is a blend of fatty acid methyl esters (FAME), also known as biodiesel, and very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO). The origination and production of the feedstocks used to produce the FAME is certified for its sustainability to internationally recognized standards.

PIL’s vessel involved in this trial, Kota Megah, is plying the China Pakistan Service route. From Singapore, it is sailing on to Port Kelang, Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Karachi, Colombo, Port Kelang, Hong Kong and finally Shanghai.

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