32 CMA CGM ships ready to test biofuels
CMA CGM, with the support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), has started biofuel bunkering in Singapore as part of its global trial to expand the wider adoption of clean energy. Its 10,640 teu vessel, APL Paris, was the first of the group’s trial vessels to be refueled with biofuel yesterday in Singapore. Biofuel bunkering from the ship to the container ship was carried out alongside simultaneous container loading and unloading operations before the ship completed the Asia-South America rotation of the Pacific East Coast 2 service.
CMA CGM’s six-month global trial will involve up to 32 container ships operating on different biofuel blends to measure carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions to obtain a trend analysis, which will be shared with the administration of the respective pavilion. including AMP. Some of these vessels will be fueled in Singapore with B24 biofuel, which includes 24% waste cooking oil methyl ester (UCOME) in the advanced biofuel blended with conventional fuels.
Ranging in size from 2,200 to 10,640 teu, these trial vessels will serve multiple trade lanes including Asia-South America, Asia-Africa, Asia-Oceania, Asia-Mediterranean, Northern Europe-Oceania and Europe of North-North America.
The B24 can reduce carbon emissions by 21%, claims CMA CGM today. Fully compatible with modern ship engines, this instant fuel made from used cooking oil can run on all types of ships without the need for engineering, safety or design adjustments, allowing ships to quickly start limiting their shows.
“This global biofuel and bunker trial in Singapore advances CMA CGM’s energy transition, paving the way for the rise of biofuel as one of the solutions to decarbonize shipping. As the use of biofuels is evaluated on several key trade lanes and on board vessels of different sizes, we will gather a comprehensive set of data to verify the performance of biofuel as a marine fuel and gain insights on facilitating adoption. wider use of biofuel as a clean fuel,” said Stéphane Courquin, CEO of CMA CGM Asia Pacific.