BP and Maersk Tankers have finished trials using biofuel-blended marine fuel in tankers to demonstrate that biofuels can be used as a drop-in fuel.

The trials were completed on the product tankers Maersk Cirrus and Maersk Navigator, using the Marine B30 biofuel, which consists of 30% fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) blended with very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO).

FAME is produced from cooking oils and other renewable oil sources.

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“With an ambition to be a net zero company by 2050 and help the world get there too, it’s vital we help decarbonize this hard-to-abate sector,” said Carol Howle, BP’s executive vice president of trading and shipping.

“We’re proud to be working with a partner like Maersk Tankers, to develop new alternative fuels and low carbon solutions that will help accelerate the shipping industry’s energy transition.”

The vessels sailed from Rotterdam to West Africa, with tests carried out throughout the process to assess reliability and performance of the biofuel blend.

The companies said no adverse effects to equipment or machinery were observed during or after the trials, and no modifications to the engine or infrastructure were required.

“The need to cut emissions is one of the most important challenges facing shipping right now. We are only able to rise to this challenge if we do it in partnerships and explore a multitude of solutions,” said Christian M. Ingerslev, Maersk Tankers’ chief executive officer.

“With BP, we are combining our expertise to play our part in testing and making alternative fuels available.”

BP announced a partnership in July 2021 with the Maersk McKinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping to develop new alternative fuels and low carbon solutions in shipping, which accounts for about 3% of global carbon emissions.