The first biofuel bunker delivery was completed in Singapore, with Hapag´s-Lloyd container ship being refueled, with sustainable marine biofuel based on UCOME (used cooking oil methyl ester).
As biofuel will play an important role towards a carbon-free environment by 2045, Hapag-Lloyd´s top management took the initiative to cooperate with TotalEnergies, for the supply of biofuel in Singapore.
According to a press statement from TotalEnergies Marine Fuels, which is TotalEnergies´ business unit in charge of bunkering activities, Hapag-Lloyd’s 15,000 TEU container vessel, Afif, took on 2,000 metric tonnes of biofuel on 20th January 2023. The ship-to-ship biofuel transfer was made possible with the services rendered by Jurong Port Universal Terminal (JPUT), which took on 100 percent UCOME bio-component, into their storage tanks for the first time.
TotalEnergies Marine Fuels is the first customer for JPUT for the bulk storage and delivery of biofuel bunkers in Singapore. As one of the largest independent petroleum storage terminals in Asia, JPUT has been working on several new initiatives on low-carbon fuels for the last two years, as the Chief Executive Officer of Jurong Port Universal Terminal, Loh Wei, said.
This inaugural bunker operation marks the start of a term supply agreement between the two companies, which commits TotalEnergies to provide Very Low Sulfur Fuel Oil blended with 24% second-generation, waste-based and ISCC-certified UCOME to Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet.
Jan Christensen, Senior Director, Global Fuel Purchasing of Hapag-Lloyd, said: “In combination with other green fuels, biofuel will play an important role towards a carbon-free environment by 2045. Consistent supply of biofuel in Singapore will allow us to offer sustainable transportation solutions to our customers, thereby supporting them in their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.”
As Louise Tricoire, the Vice President of TotalEnergies Marine Fuels, pointed out this biofuel bunker term contract ushers a new chapter for the company, as TotalEnergies Marine Fuels builds on its operational expertise, gained from the company´s multiple biofuel bunker trials, that took place during the period of 2022.