ONE heralds successful biofuel trial

Ocean Network Express (ONE) has announced it has successfully trialled biofuel to power the M/V MOL Experience containership.

The trial was completed on 7 February, following bunkering at the port of Rotterdam, Netherlands in November 2020 and was performed in collaboration with shipowner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and sustainable biofuel company GoodFuels.

During the first trial, the sustainable biofuel was blended with conventional fossil fuels enabling the M/V MOL Experience to make its Atlantic crossings between Europe and the US. The success of the trial, said ONE, ‘proves the viability of sustainable biofuels’. Going forward, it is also expected to help the Singapore-headquartered shipping company meet its carbon reduction targets in 2030 and 2050.

‘The cooperation and coordination between GoodFuels and ONE was excellent and the successful completion of the trial has confirmed that for ONE, biofuel is one of the solutions to reduce Green House Gases,’ said Takeshi Mishima, General Manager of Fleet Management, ONE. ‘We at ONE shall continue to invest in a cleaner, greener future.’

Michihiko Nakano, General Manager of Bunker Business Division, MOL, added: ‘The success of this trial led to the verification of the availability of various leading alternative marine fuels and it is in line with the MOL Group’s stance of continuously monitoring technological development trends. As a major shareholder of ONE, we welcome this success.’

Isabel Welten, Chief Commercial Officer, GoodFuels, said: ‘We believe passionately in the requirement for shipping to decarbonise, and sustainable, advanced biofuels have a central and immediate role to play in reducing emissions and our sector’s impact on the world. This partnership with ONE continues to build momentum behind a cleaner shipping sector, and shows what can be achieved when organizations collaborate to accelerate the adoption of alternative fuel solutions.’

As previously reported, GoodFuels has supplied biofuel for trials involving several high-profile shipping companies, including Eastern Pacific Shipping, Volkswagen Group Logistics and Norden.

Last year, BMW Group signed up to a trial which saw biofuel supplied by GoodFuels to United European Car Carriers’ (UECC) M/V Autosky.

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry