MSAR® is operationally and commercially proven as a marine bunker fuel in both 2- and 4-stroke engines. It can be supplied directly from candidate refineries and delivered to marine vessels using conventional infrastructure designed for marine fuel oil.
Quadrise and Maersk completed a comprehensive testing program, as part of a Joint Development Programme, over 7 years, which has proven the effectiveness of MSAR® as a marine fuel. This testing programme culminated in the Proof of Concept and operational trials described below:
2014: Proof of Concept trials on 2 Maersk vessels with 2-stroke diesel engines; the Seago Istanbul (Wärtsilä 12 RT-Flex 96C-B engine) and the Bogor (MAN B&W 7K80ME-C9 engine). MSAR® was deemed a viable fuel for commercial use by MAN, Wärtsilä and Maersk.
The Proof of Concept tests involved:
- The production of 1,000 tonnes of MSAR® at ORLEN Lietuva’s refinery, from visbreaker residue.
- MSAR® was loaded on to a bunker barge at the Port of Klaipėda and transferred at Bremerhaven to the Maersk containerships by ship-to-ship (STS) transfer.
- Hundreds of MSAR® running hours were completed successfully on the 2 operational containerships.