NYK Line has committed itself to a series of longer-term trials of biofuels in a move aimed at providing a better understanding of this potential bunker fuel replacement.

The Japanese shipowner said the trials would begin in 2024 during which “multiple vessel types” will use biofuel continuously for periods of up to three months at a time.

After that, NYK Line said it will gradually extend biofuel use for a longer period for further validation.