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GoodFuels Marine and BHP Billiton reveal Singapore’s first biofuel bunkering trial

GoodFuels Marine, a division of the GoodNRG Group, a Netherlands-based developer, supplier, and promoter of sustainable biofuels for shipping, heavy trucking, rail and industrial applications has revealed that it has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Australia headed BHP Billiton Ltd to collaborate on a biofuels pilot project in Singapore.

GoodFuels Marine and BHB Billiton signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) on a biofuels project due to start in Singapore next year during a recent maritime stakeholders roundtable held in Singapore (photo courtesy Goodfuels Marine).

With support from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the biofuels pilot project is expected to be carried out early next year.

We are very proud that our ‘biofuel-footprint’ of supply locations and sustainable customers is spreading from Europe to the largest bunkering port in the world and our first Asian partner as well. From now on, sustainable marine biofuels are available in Singapore for those ship and freight owners that want to eliminate their carbon and sulphur emissions, said Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO of GoodFuels.

As the largest bunkering hub in the world, Singapore is working towards providing cleaner alternative sources of fuel to cater to the future energy needs of the global shipping industry. The LoI between the parties was signed during an inaugural biofuel roundtable held in Singapore on September 21.

In a world fighting to combat climate change, it is important that marine biofuels get in the ‘evoked set’ of options for shippers to choose from. Today, BHP is proud to have taken the leading role in this initiative, said Abdes Karimi, Manager Ocean Freight Operations & Sustainability of BHP

Organised by MPA, BHP and GoodFuels Marine, the closed-door roundtable event aimed to drive discussions on the use of biofuels as a sustainable alternative fuel for the future of shipping and brought together shipowners of different ship types to network, share insights into the use of biofuels to meet increasingly stringent environmental regulations as well as explore areas of collaboration.

Among the topics discussed at the roundtable included barriers to the use to biofuels and how these could be addressed. Director (Sustainability Office) of MPA, Tan Suan Jow, also shared about ongoing efforts towards a clean, green and community-oriented port as MPA prepares for Singapore’s future port.

The Nanyang Technological University soon to be established centre of excellence focusing on maritime environment and energy, with support from MPA and the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI), was also present to seek collaborative partnerships with shipowners to deepen Singapore’s capabilities on the maritime environment and bioenergy front.

We are pleased to facilitate discussions on the biofuels front along with our partners, BHP and GoodFuels. The roundtable comes at an opportune time in light of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 0.5% global sulphur cap on marine fuels which will come into effect from 2020, as well as IMO’s longer-term plan to lower carbon emissions for shipping. MPA welcomes dialogues across stakeholders and will continue to work with relevant parties as we prepare the bunkering industry for the future, said Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA.

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