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Keppel will build one of South East Asia’s first LNG bunkering vessels

Tuesday, 12 Jun 2018

Singapore yard Keppel Offshore & Marine has won a contract to build one of South East Asia’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering vessels from customer FueLNG.

The order is worth about S$50 million (US$37.4 million). FueLNG is a joint venture between Keppel O&M and Shell Eastern Petroleum and the vessel will be built by the yard Keppel Singmarine. Scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2020, the dual-fuel LNG bunkering vessel will have a capacity of 7,500cu.m. The vessel will be built to the MTD 7500U LNG design, from Keppel O&M’s ship design and development and arm, Marine Technology Development. The vessel’s key features include high manoeuvrability which enables bunkering without tug assistance, as well as propulsion and power management systems that optimise fuel consumption. Capable of running on both LNG and marine diesel oil, the LNG bunkering vessel will be able to harness boil-off gas, a by product of bunkering operations as well as the continuously evaporating LNG in the cryogenic tank, which would otherwise be flared off. It is also designed with a barge-like extended flat surface to maximise vessel compatibility which will enable FueLNG to deliver LNG bunkers to a wide range of vessels. A twin screw azimuthing propulsion system also increases manoeuvrability during bunkering operations, minimising the need for tug assistance in turn reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

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