Capital Ship Management has collaborated with maritime classification society Lloyd’s Register for a test of biofuel-blended marine fuel on a crude tanker called Apollonas.

The Capital managed tanker that will be used in the pilot project has a carrying capacity of 300,000DWT.

The project is expected to support the maritime industry’s research on low to zero-carbon fuels in line with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets.

Capital chief technical officer Nikolaos Vaporis said: “We support research on various decarbonisation solutions, such as the use of biofuels, as part of our commitment to contribute to the industry’s carbon footprint reduction, in line with the IMO GHG emissions reduction agenda.”

The scope of work for the LR Maritime Performance Services (MPS) team includes supporting the risk evaluation of the biofuel’s operational impact as well as coordinating the development, implementation and calculation of the emissions monitoring programme.

The team will also be involved in the overall third-party verification of the trial.

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For covering all aspects of the new fuel management, LR’s Fuel Oil Bunker Analysis Service (FOBAS) will conduct the biofuel quality assessment and characterisation.

LR CEO Nick Brown said: “We are delighted to be working with Capital on this pilot project to test the safe use of biofuels in shipping.

“We hope to build on years of experience and utilise unmatched expertise and analytical capabilities in fuel testing to advance the wider industry’s search for low-to-zero carbon fuels and technologies.”

Last month, LR’s Maritime Decarbonisation Hub and its partners announced the formation of ‘The Silk Alliance’ to develop a Green Corridor Cluster.