HMM trials sustainable biofuel in South Korea

HMM utilises marine biofuel to advance green sailing service

HMM has announced the usage of a sustainable marine biofuel in a trial run aboard its 6,400 TEU containership HMM Tacoma in Busan, South Korea.

HMM Tacoma, which operated in FIL service between the Far East, India, and Latin America, was refuelled with the biofuel blend in the Port of Busan.

This marine biofuel, supplied by GS Caltex, is composed of 30 per cent biodiesel extracted from spent cooking oil and 70 per cent high-sulphur fuel oil (HSFO), resulting in a 24 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as compared to traditional fuels.

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According to HMM, biofuel has the advantage of being technologically compatible with modern ship engines. HMM intends to steadily increase its usage of biofuel, eventually reaching 5-10 per cent of yearly fuel use.

An HMM official said: “We continue to find a way to go green, making meaningful progress toward a carbon-free future. To this end, we will seek to enhance our environmental competence and thereby be positioned as a top-rated carrier in responding to climate issues.”

In June 2021, HMM completed the first test voyage using biofuel on its 13,100 TEU containership HMM DREAM.

In February 2023, HMM signed newbuilding contracts for nine 9,000 TEU methanol-powered vessels.

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