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NYK in Japan’s first 100% biodiesel trial

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NYK subsidiary Shin-Nippon Kaiyosha began a trial using 100% renewable diesel fuel on its tugboats.

Shin-Nippon Kaiyosha is using Neste Renewable Diesel (NesteRD) supplied by Itochu Enex in its tugboats in what NYK is calling the first case in Japan of a 100% concentration of biodiesel being used in a ship.

NesteRD is a 100% renewable fuel product manufactured from waste cooking oil and animal oil that would not be used by the food industry. GHG emissions reductions on a life cycle assessment basis are up to 90% compared to standard diesel. The fuel is a drop-in replacement for its fossil counterpart.

NYK has tested a ranged of biofuels in recent months across its diverse fleet, including on bulk carrier Frontier Sky moving Tata Steel cargo from Singapore to India, and bulk carrier Frontier Jacaranda on a voyage from Singapore to South Africa.

The NesteRD being used in the trial is being imported to Japan through a contract between Itochu Corporation and renewable fuel producer Neste OYJ Group.

Biofuels reduce carbon emissions by using renewable biomass, often waste products, deriving power from organic sources that can be regrown—thus re-capturing emitted carbon dioxide—rather than from finite fossil sources.