Sohar Port advances in sustainable shipping with biofuel pilot

Sohar Port in Oman has launched a pilot program to test B20 biofuel in its tugboat operations. 

 

This initiative uses a blend of 80% diesel and 20% used cooking methyl ester (Ucome), promoting a shift towards more sustainable marine fuels, according to Argus.

 

Collaborative effort

The biofuel test is a collaborative effort involving the tug operator Svitzer, biofuel producer Woqod, and Omani fuel supplier Hormuz Marine, aiming to enhance eco-friendly marine operations.

 

Emission goals

Oman is committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. 

 

The port’s executive director, Emile Hoogsteden, emphasizes that this biofuel initiative will significantly reduce harmful emissions and set a benchmark for the region and beyond.

 

Industry trend

This biofuel initiative reflects a broader trend in the shipping industry, which is under increasing pressure to reduce emissions.

 

Similar efforts are underway at the Port of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, which received its first biofuel shipments in December 2023.

 

Infrastructure development

Oman is also expanding its conventional and alternative bunkering infrastructure to compete with established marine fuel hubs like Fujairah. 

 

This includes the Marsa integrated LNG bunkering project, a partnership between TotalEnergies and OQ, aimed at creating the first LNG bunkering hub in the Middle East Gulf.

Sohar Port advances in sustainable shipping with biofuel pilot
Sohar Port advances in sustainable shipping with biofuel pilot

 

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