11. December 2020 Meghan Sapp

Trafigura’s marine arm goes all in on marine biofuel trials

In Switzerland, sea trials on Trafigura’s bareboat chartered vessel, Marlin Amethyst, and initial results from laboratory testing demonstrate the safe and effective use of both the B30 blend biofuel, composed of 30 percent waste oil feedstock and 70 percent Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (“VLSFO”) and B20 blend biofuel (20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent VLSFO).  No handling issues were experienced during the combustion process and no engine or infrastructure modifications were required. In August, TFG Marine, Trafigura’s marine arm, appointed its first Global Head of Fuel Decarbonization.

TFG intends to expand sea trials to test the use of sustainably sourced, lower-carbon alternatives on additional maritime vessels and is working on certain initiatives to minimize the carbon footprint of marine fuels.