Australia– The first biofuel trial on a containerized shipping vessel in Oceania was completed by ANL, a subsidiary of the CMA CGM Group.
The trial, which took place on ANL’s AAX1 service, was a 42-day rotation that began in Brisbane and ended in key Australian ports after passing through Southeast Asia. From cotton, meat, beverages, and dairy to machinery, furniture, fashion textiles, and ceramics, the international shipping service transports a diverse range of consumer goods.
Woolworths Group is a key participant in this biofuel trial, and it is looking for new ways to reduce supply chain emissions across the board. The trail voyage used a B20 biofuel blend with feedstock supplied by EcoTech in Queensland, with BP Marine and the Port of Brisbane playing key roles in supplying and bunkering the blended fuel.
The trial has also received support from the Queensland Government’s Biofutures 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan, which builds on the state’s emerging strengths in biofutures and biofuels.
Following the success of the biofuel trial, ANL expects this blend to be more widely adopted in Oceania, in accordance with the upcoming International Maritime Organization’s GHG Regulations, which will go into effect in 2023. Biofuel is now used onboard container ships serving intra-Europe by the CMA CGM Group.