d’Amico Group tests the decarbonisation potential of biofuels
In the pursuit of decarbonisation in maritime transport, the Amico group has assembled a joint industrial project (JIP) to test biofuel blends (B30) derived from advanced second-generation raw materials on board one of its tankers. LR1 already in EEDI 2 phase.
This unique JIP, which brings together Amico Group, TRAFIGURA, ABS, RINA, Lloyd’s Register’s Fuel Oil Bunker Analysis Advisory Service (FOBAS), the Liberian Registry and MAN Energy Solutions will calculate a possible reduction in CO2 emissions thanks to a “strategy of life cycle ”, using so-called well-to-wheel (WTW) analysis, from raw material acquisition to combustion while the ship is underway, to compare the performance of biofuels to traditional fossil fuels.
In addition, the project will assess the stability and degradation of biofuel with respect to storage time and NOx emissions to confirm that the use of B30 biofuel will not affect Tier II certification of engines, and to measure the effects and improvements on EEXI and CII Indices adopted as short-term measures by IMO.
The tests will be carried out on the ships of Amico, Cielo Bianco and Cielo di Rotterdam and the second generation low carbon alternative fuel (compliant with the European Renewable Energy Directive (Red I / II) and ISSC certified) will be supplied by the main bunkering supply company TFG Marine in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region.
This important project shows that the paradigm of different actors acting separately is evolving towards a collaborative effort, working together to find the best solutions to achieve common decarbonization goals. The combined strategic vision and technical capabilities of charterers, original engine manufacturers (OEMs), shipowners, fuel suppliers and regulatory bodies will enable them to better exploit, study and explore all options for decarbonizing maritime transport.
The pre-test phase of the project began in March 2021 when details of the nature and composition of the biofuel blends were made available and the establishment of protocols for fuel testing, inspections, measurement of NOx and sea trials. It was also necessary to prepare the risk assessment, the MOC, to adapt the exchange procedures and to develop a coherent crew training program.
The second phase, on-board testing, is scheduled for mid-June 2021, in accordance with the ships’ planned trade routes. This phase will begin as soon as bunkering is complete and all protocols have been defined and approved by the OEM and the classification societies involved. The test phase will monitor the behavior of the main engine, diesel generators and boilers during combustion of the biofuel mixture, in order to assess function, performance and fuel storage capacity. NOx will also be measured.
In the post-test phase, the reported emissions will be processed and analyzed with particular emphasis on CO2 and NOx and their effects on EEXI and CII, in accordance with the existing draft guidelines.
The end of the project is scheduled for mid-July 2021.
Salvatore d’Amico, Fleet Director at d’Amico Group “We are proud to announce that this project was decided in the“ Carbon War Room ”that we have set up within the fleet management department. to exploit, study and research all the options for the decarbonisation of maritime transport. The room was created by involving managers from different departments: Technical, HSQE, Monitoring of fleet performance, Supervision of new buildings to collect ideas, proposals engaging OEMs and regulatory bodies in the company’s strategy .
Cesare D’Api, Deputy Technical Director of the Amico group “Maritime transport needs a life cycle approach to greenhouse gases to be carbon free. In line with our vision, we have decided to take such a step in the common direction to reduce the carbon footprint by assessing biofuels as a potential low carbon fuel of the future and its effect on the short term measures adopted by IMO. This project, by confirming the technical / safety feasibility of burning biofuel blends as a ‘drop in’ solution, will demonstrate that we have a practical and viable option for decarbonization that can be easily managed by the crew without impact. on Nox emissions and without any modifications on board.
Flemming Carlsen, Chief Operating Officer Product Tankers Business Unit at d’Amico Group, “In accordance with our corporate mission, we are very happy to support and cooperate closely with our main industrial partners and in particular our close customer Trafigura, in this trial , with the aim of contributing to the development of future commercially and, above all, environmentally sustainable fuel solutions for the shipping industry. We look forward to hearing the findings and recommendations of the project team.
Georgios Plevrakis, ABS Director, Sustainable Development “Carbon neutral biofuels could offer significant benefits to the maritime sector’s desire to decarbonize operations. This pioneering project will make a vital contribution to our understanding of the potential of biofuels in maritime transport, its implications for equipment and their impact on decarbonization efforts. ABS is investing heavily in services to accelerate the decarbonization of shipping and is committed to supporting the industry in the safe adoption of alternative fuels. This JDP is the latest proof of our commitment, and we are delighted to be able to use our vast practical experience to support our JIP partners. “
Giosuè Vezzuto, EVP Marine at RINA Services “We understand the need for solutions that bring immediate results in terms of reducing CO2 emissions. This test is proof that the industry as a whole is committed to taking action and making the transition effective immediately, while working on completely carbon-free fuels. Biofuels could be one of the solutions to modernize the existing fleet by 2030 ”.
Thomas Klenum, LISCR Senior Vice President of Maritime Operations, “With the upcoming EEXI and CII requirements expected to be adopted by IMO with entry into force on 1/1/2023, biofuel is one of the solutions the most viable available. Therefore, the Liberian Registry is very happy to participate with d’Amico and other high quality stakeholders in this JIP to test the 2nd generation of biofuel blends in our common quest towards zero emission shipping. International collaboration between high-quality stakeholders is the key to unlocking the decarbonisation potential of new technologies and alternative fuels, and this JIP initiated by d’Amico is an excellent testimony to this.
Jamie Torrance, Head of Distillate & Fuel Oil Trading for Trafigura, “As one of the world’s largest commodity trading and logistics companies, we are committed to reducing marine carbon emissions, including by investing in the development and supply of transitional fuels such as biofuels. TFG Marine, Trafigura’s marine fuel supply joint venture with Frontline and Golden Ocean, is already successfully demonstrating the safe and efficient use of biofuels in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region through sea trials and laboratory testing, and will take an active role in this joint industrial project aimed at testing the B30 biofuel blend derived from advanced second-generation feedstocks.
Kjeld Aabo, Director of Promotion of New 2-Stroke Technologies at MAN Energy Solutions, “Essentially, MAN-B & W 2-stroke engines are designed to be able to run on biofuels as well. Separate biofuels specifications and guidelines for onboard fuel treatment are followed to make the transition from VLSFO to VLSFU and B30 as smooth as possible. “
Naeem Javaid, Global Operations Manager – Lloyd’s Register FOBAS, “We are grateful to be part of the Joint Industry Project (JIP) testing organized by d’Amico Group. We are delighted to be a part of this project and look forward to working with d’Amico in its efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of its operations by using biofuels. Biofuels are low-consumption fuels with no system and equipment modifications required, making them a potential option as a bridging fuel to support the decarbonization of the maritime industry.
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