Japan Engine, NYK Line cooperate in marine biofuel test

By Ron Kotrba | May 21, 2019

Japan Engine Corp. is collaborating with Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line) to begin testing marine biofuel provided by GoodFuels. The test engine is located in the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Research & Innovation Center.

The news comes after a string of biofuel tests in marine applications resulting from regulations and initiatives by the International Maritime Organization to reduce smokestack and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Come Jan. 1, 2020, IMO regulations impose a global sulfur cap in bunker fuel of 0.5 percent, down from 3.5 percent currently. Furthermore, IMO’s GHG reduction strategy aims to reduce GHG emissions by at least 50 percent from 2008 levels by 2050. The IMO’s ultimate goal is to phase out GHG emissions from shipping entirely.

“To realize the decarbonized society which does not depend on fossil fuels, through the reduction of GHG [emissions] in the shipping industry, [we] will continuously move forward to innovate and provide alternative energy solutions for [the] future,” stated Japan Engine Corp.


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