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Sunrise Serenity Conducts Successful Biodiesel Test Voyage

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha
Asahi Shipping Co., Ltd.
Kobe Steel, Ltd.

Jointly Implemented by Three Companies Toward a Decarbonized Society

On July 28, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha ("NYK"), the NYK Group’s Asahi Shipping Co., Ltd. ("Asahi Shipping"), and Kobe Steel, Ltd. ("Kobe Steel") supplied biodiesel fuel* ("biofuel") using ship-to-ship transfer** to the bulk carrier Sunrise Serenity at the port of Kobe in Hyogo Prefecture. The vessel was supplied with biofuel by Toyota Tsusho Marine Fuels Corporation and consumed biofuel on its route to the port of Newcastle, Australia.

Sunrise Serenity carries cargoes for Kobe Steel. The vessel is operated and managed by Asahi Shipping and jointly owned by NYK and Asahi Shipping. This test voyage was a joint effort by the three companies, each with its own aim.

  • NYK has a long-term goal to reduce GHG emissions in its oceangoing businesses to "achieve net zero emissions by 2050."
  • Asahi Shipping aims to decarbonize marine transport in its supply chain.
  • Kobe Steel aims for a sustainable society through integrated efforts to promote a low-carbon, recycling-based society.

The three companies expect the test voyage will contribute to spreading the biofuel supply chain in the Kansai and Setouchi areas.

Biofuels can be used in marine engines as an alternative to heavy oil. Biofuels are made from organic resources (biomass) derived from living organisms and are considered to have virtually zero CO2 emissions when burned.***

NYK, Asahi Shipping, and Kobe Steel will share the knowledge from this test voyage to promote decarbonization initiatives.

* Biodiesel fuel
The fuel is refined by methyl esterification of vegetable oils and is expected to be an alternative fuel to petroleum-derived heavy crude and light oil.

** Ship-to-ship transfer
A method in which a fuel-supply vessel lays alongside a vessel moored or anchored at a wharf or pier and supplies fuel to the vessel.

*** Virtually zero CO2 emissions when burned
Biofuels emit CO2 during combustion, but since plants, the raw material, absorb CO2 and reproduce biomass, CO2 emissions from direct combustion are considered virtually zero. Biofuels are attracting attention as an alternative to fossil fuels that can be "carbon neutral."

Locations (Source: OpenStreetMap)

Biofuel refueling

Vessel particulars

LOA: 224.94 meters
Breadth: 32.26 meters
Gross Tons: 39,760 tons
Deadweight Tonnage: 76,544 tons
Year Built: 2010
Shipyard: Shin Kasado Dockyard Co., Ltd.

Company Overviews

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha
Head Office: Tokyo, Japan
President: Takaya Soga
Website: NYK Line

Asahi Shipping Co., Ltd.
Head Office: Tokyo, Japan
President: Satoshi Nemoto
Website: ASAHI SHIPPING CO., LTD. (asahiline.co.jp)

Kobe Steel, Ltd.
Head Office: Hyogo, Japan
President: Mitsugu Yamaguchi
Website: KOBE STEEL, LTD. (kobelco.co.jp)

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