Wallenius Wilhelmsen, in collaboration with GS Caltex, conducted a trial with a Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC) at the Port of Masan, using B30 HSFO biofuel.
ccording to the company, B30 HSFO biofuel, which is a blend of High-Sulfur Fuel Oil (HSFO) and Used Cooking Oil Methyl Ester (UCOME), is designed to be a drop-in fuel that can be used in existing engines without any modifications or tank cleaning.
As Jang Hongseok, Manager Energy Sourcing, Wallenius Wilhelmsen, explained, Korea is considered a major bunkering port for which stable biofuel supply is essential to secure flexibility of tonnage allocation.
GS Caltex has paved the way for developing bio-marine fuels in Korea, and we expect this B30 bio-marine fuel (HSFO) trial with Wallenius Wilhelmsen will be a meaningful step for scrubber installed vessels of global shipping companies to reduce their carbon emissions when calling Korean ports.
… agreed Cha Hyungmin, Team Leader of GS Caltex Biofuel
The supply of biofuel in Korea is currently limited due to pending rules and regulations, but Wallenius Wilhelmsen is exploring the viability of both HSFO-biofuel and VLSFO-biofuel blends in the Asia region as part of its global deep-sea trade decarbonization strategy. Also as a part of this strategy, Wallenius Wilhelmsen and ExxonMobil had signed a contract entailed a delivery of sustainable biofuel, back in June.