Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) has announced the successful sea trial of the MOL Group-operated tugboat 13 Tamashio using next-generation renewable biodiesel fuel developed by euglena Co. in the Port of Nagoya.
The test onboard the vessel, which is owned and operated by MOL Group company Green Kaiji Kaisha, was conducted with the cooperation of the Nagoya Port Authority.
The euglena biodiesel fuel used in the test was transported from euglena, the demonstration plant for production of bio jet/diesel fuels in Yokohama, and supplied to the 13 Tamashio at berth at the Nagoya Port Garden Pier.
euglena biodiesel fuel is a next-generation renewable fuel produced with used cooking oil and Euglena, a type of algae similar to brown seaweed and sea tangle. Marine diesel engines can also run on the fuel with no modifications.
According to MOL, euglena’s sulphur-free biodiesel fuel also produces ‘significantly’ lower levels of greenhouse gases (GHGs) during combustion compared to fossil-derived fuels.
‘MOL views its contributions to environmental conservation as a social commitment, and the entire MOL Group is working to address global environmental issues,’ MOL said in a statement.