The d’Amico Group is leading a joint industry project (JIP) to test the performance of B30 biofuel blends derived from advanced second-generation feedstock on board its 74,999dwt product tankers, Cielo Bianco and Cielo di Rotterdam.
The aim of the JIP is to use well-to-wheel analysis – from raw material acquisition to combustion aboard the tankers – to compare the performance of the biofuel with traditional fossil fuels.
D’Amico’s partners in the project are ABS, Liberian Registry, Lloyd’s Register’s Fuel Oil Bunker Analysis Advisory Service (FOBAS), MAN Energy Solutions, RINA and Trafigura.
The project will also focus on the stability and degradation of the B30 biofuel in storage, and its NOx emissions in relation to the Tier II certification of the ships’ engines. The fuel will also be assessed for its performance in relation to the IMO’s short-term measures – EEXI and CII.
The biofuel will be supplied by bunker company, TFG Marine, in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp region.
D’Amico heads biofuels comparison initiative