The Japan based “K” Line Port Service Co., Ltd., part of the large Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha., Ltd. (“K” LINE) group of companies, has in Nagoya port conducted a demonstrative test voyage with the tugboat “Aihomaru” using next-generation biodiesel fuel.

Biodiesel fuel is carbon neutral defined in the IPCC guidelines, being a fuel made from plants which absorb CO2 in the process of growing so it is regarded as carbon neutral in its life cycle, and a decarbonized fuel that can be used without changing the specifications of

existing marine diesel engines by mixed combustion with heavy fuel oil (HFO), which is the main fuel for ships the company inform.

The biodiesel fuel here was supplied by Toyotsu Energy Corporation on May 10th at Nagoya Port and was made from waste cooking oil.

The “K” LINE Group’s long-term environmental guidelines have a target of 50% improvement in CO2 emission efficiency in comparison with 2008, which exceeds the 2030 target of 40% improvement in CO2 emission efficiency (also in comparison with 2008) set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), it was mentioned by the company.

K Line tug Aihomaru

Photo credit: K Line