In late July, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, Asahi Shipping Company (part of  NYK group) and Kobe Steel bunkered the bulker Sunrise Serenity with biofuel.

The fuel was bunkered via ship-to-ship transfer and was supplied by Toyota Tsusho Marine Fuels at the Port of Kobe.

The vessel used the biofuel on its subsequent voyage to Newcastle.

Sunrise Serenity carries cargoes for Kobe Steel, and it is operated and managed by Asahi Shipping and jointly owned by NYK and Asahi Shipping.

The test voyage was a joint effort by the three companies, each with its own aim.

The three companies expect the test voyage will contribute to spreading the biofuel supply chain in Japan.