Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) participated for the first time in the “Asia and the Pacific Transport Forum” hosted by the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines, on May 17. At the event, Takuya Koizumi, general manager of NYK’s Decarbonization Group, gave a presentation on the company's decarbonization strategy, emphasizing the role of biofuel and a gradual transition in maritime decarbonization. NYK was the only company from the maritime industry to speak at the event.

In his presentation, Koizumi stressed that biofuels could play an important role in decarbonizing the maritime industry, which is under pressure to gradually reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Biofuels are made from organic resources (biomass) of biological origin, such as agricultural residues and waste cooking oil, and are considered to have virtually zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions when combusted. Since they can be used in heavy-oil-powered ship engines, which are common on large merchant ships, biofuels are considered a key means of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the transition period from heavy oil to zero-emission fuels.

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On the other hand, the various risks associated with the long-term use of such biofuels have not been fully evaluated. Therefore, we have launched a joint six month project trialing the continuous use of biofuels onboard a vessel. This project is in collaboration with the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD), a Singapore-based non-profit organization supporting the decarbonisation of the maritime industry. The findings will be open to the public as guidelines for continuous and extended biofuel use so that this project can contribute to decarbonization by facilitating an energy transition in international shipping.

In addition, NYK has been involved in the training and education of seafarers for many years, including the joint operation of the NYK-TDG Maritime Academy since 2007, a merchant marine academy in the suburbs of Manila. Many of our graduates are currently working in positions that play a significant role in safe ship operations, and we are committed to achieving a fair fuel transition that includes biofuels.

Source: NYK Line

 

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