Tata Steel’s First Full Voyage from Australia to India with B24 Biofuel

In the voyage, the cape vessel “MV Cape XL” used B24 biofuel blend with Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (VLSFO). With this accomplishment, Tata Steel establishes a new benchmark for sustainability in the shipping industry.

Tata Steel achieved a significant milestone by completing a fully loaded voyage from Australia to India on biofuel. According to the company, the cape vessel “MV Cape XL” departed from Gladstone port after loading 1,48,500 metric tons of coal on April 17, and arrived at Kalinga International Coal Terminal Paradip Private Ltd. (KICTPPL) port on May 8. 

With this voyage the company has made a notable advancement in sustainable shipping practices within India’s maritime sector.

The vessel was powered by a B24 biofuel blend with Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (VLSFO). The current benchmark grade for marine biofuel, the B24 blend, is made up of 76% VLSFO and 24% used cooking oil methyl ester (UCOME).

The vessel MV Cape XL, during its laden leg from Gladstone to Paradip, used biofuel which was loaded from its ballast port in Guangzhou, China. In line with the company’s Scope 3 reduction targets, the Carbon emission for this laden leg voyage was around 565 tons less, which is about 20% less as compared to a traditional cape vessel using VLSFO.

Peeyush Gupta, Vice President, TQM, Group Strategic Procurement and Supply Chain, Tata Steel said, “Through the use of biofuel in its maritime operations, Tata Steel not only reiterates its commitment to reducing carbon emissions but also sets a new standard for sustainability in the industry. By choosing a biofuel blend for our voyage from Australia to India, we were able to cut carbon emissions by 20% contributing significantly to our scope 3 reduction targets.” 

He further stated, “We endeavour to undertake more such shipments for imports through alternate fuel-powered vessels, and continue to align ourselves with global efforts towards climate change.”

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