“K” LINE conducts demonstration test voyage of tugboat using marine biodiesel fuel at Nagoya Port


“K” Line Port Service Co., Ltd., a group company of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha., Ltd. (“K” LINE), conducted a demonstration test voyage with the tugboat Aihomaru operating in Nagoya Port using next-generation biodiesel fuel.

Biodiesel fuel is carbon neutral defined in the IPCC guidelines and a decarbonised fuel that can be used without changing the specifications of existing marine diesel engines by mixed combustion with heavy fuel oil (HFO).

This time the biodiesel fuel supplied by Toyotsu Energy Corporation at Nagoya Port was made from waste cooking oil. This initiative contributes to a circular economy through the construction of a supply chain based on local production for local consumption.

In the demonstration test voyage, the fuel supply vessel (bunkering vessel) supplied marine biofuel to the Aihomaru with using a ship-to-ship method, with the aims of verifying that there is no hindrance to the series of ship operations and reducing CO2 emissions in operation.

The “K” LINE Group’s long-term environmental guidelines—the “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050- Blue Seas for the Future-—set 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 IMO.

“K” LINE also aims to contribute to the enrichment of people’s lives by driving its own decarbonisation efforts and supporting the decarbonisation of society at large, declaring the target of attempting to achieve net-zero GHG emissions by 2050.