Independent tanker company Euronav has completed a trial of B30 biofuel on a Suezmax, the firm announced on 7 October.

The trial on the 150,205 dwt Statia used 1,502 tonnes of a biofuel blend from energy supplier BP, Euronav said.

Supplied in the Port of Rotterdam, the biofuel blend comprised 30% biofuel and 70% conventional very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) bunker fuel, according to the statement.

“It is important for us to understand how to handle biofuels on our vessels, to test their longevity and stability, and how they behave when used in engines, generators and alike,” said Euronav head of fuel oil Rustin Edwards.

“The use of biofuel blends will be a critical bridge to decarbonisation until the development and commercial availability of zero emissions fuels. As we continue this journey toward decarbonisation, we will keep on adjusting our operations and our fuel procurement strategies as needed.”

Prior to the trial, the Statia had tested approximately 360 tonnes of the B30 biofuel blend during a two-week trial in September while the vessel was in commercial operations on its way to Angola, Euronav said.

The company said the trial of the blend had been successful and had shown no significant differences in operations or any malfunctions that could lead to a breakdown.

As a result, and after departure in Chile, the remaining B30 biofuel blend on the vessel was now the only fuel in operational use, both for the main engine and the auxiliary engines, on its way to Brazil, according to the statement.

Euronav is headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium, and has offices throughout Europe and Asia.