Japanese infrastructure and industrial development company Toyota Tsusho has launched the country’s first continuous supply of biofuel for ships on a commercial basis.

Following supply trials using ship-to-ship bunkering, the biofuel was supplied to vessels operated by Toyofuji Shipping at the Port of Nagoya in April, the company said on 10 May.

In cooperation with Daiseki Eco Solution Co, Toyota Tsusho said it continued to collect waste cooking oil from the company’s employee cafeterias and other facilities, which was then refined and blended with heavy oil as part of the raw materials used in biofuel production.

The company said it was aiming to increase the volume of biofuels handled at the Port of Nagoya and would be conducting verification tests at other ports in the future.

Nagoya-based Toyota Tsusho is the trading arm of the Toyota Group.

It currently operates in more than 130 countries and has seven divisions: metals; global parts & logistics; automotive; machinery, energy & project; chemicals & electronics; food & consumer services; and Africa.