Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has undertaken sea trials for two vessels, Ambuja Mukund and Ambuja Vaibhav, both owned by Ambuja Cement, which use biofuels as fuel in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The results of the trials were described by IRClass as ‘satisfactory’. The biodiesel blend (B20) was in compliance with Marpol Annex VI (Reg.14) sulphur content requirements and met SOLAS (Ch. II-2/Reg.4.2.1) in terms of flash point requirements. No increase of NOx was observed with the biodiesel blend compared to low sulphur high speed diesel (LSHSD), and in fact the emission level was found to be less, while the reduction in CO2 was found to be around 7 per cent.
Based on the above, Indian Administration has approved further biofuels trials for the remaining fleet of vessels operated by Ambuja Cement, which are mainly deployed on the Indian coastal routes. Joint Managing Director of IRClass, Vijay Arora, said, “Sustainability remains at the heart of our work and IRClass is working closely with the industry on decarbonisation projects.”