OOCL completes boxship trial voyage with Chevron biofuel

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Orient Overseas Container Line Ltd. (OOCL) has successfully completed the trial use of marine biofuel supplied by Chevron.

The fuel was supplied by Chevron Singapore Pte Ltd. to MV OOCL YOKOHAMA.

This is the first time that OOCL has trialled the use of biofuel in its fleet.

On 24 June 2022, the MV OOCL YOKOHAMA, a 4578-TEU container vessel, was fueled with 1999.3 metric tons of B22 marine biofuel provided by Chevron from the Port of Singapore.

The 41-day trial voyage commenced on 26 June and ended on 5 August.

Deployed in OOCL’s AAA1 service in the Southeast Asia – Australia network, the vessel started its round trip at Singapore, went southward to call at a number of Australian ports, and then returned to Singapore.

The biofuel supplied by Chevron Singapore was blended with ISCC certified Used Cooking Oil Methyl Ester as a 22 per cent component in the VLSFO.

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This biofuel can be used on vessels without changing engine specifications and is expected to decrease approximately 15 per cent to 20 per cent of exhausted CO2 based on lifecycle analysis.

Kenny Ye, Chief Operating Officer at OOCL, said: “We are very pleased with the positive results of the trial. Biofuels are considered to be one of the most credible options to enable the shipping industry both to meet future regulatory requirements, and to advance further with the transition towards decarbonisation.

“The success of this trial provides OOCL with certainty as to the feasibility of using sustainable biofuels on its ships, which gives us increased clarity over the next steps in our decarbonisation journey.”

OOCL released promising unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended 30 June 2022, posting total revenues of $5.2 billion.

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