FueLNG was awarded a bunker supplier license by the Singapore Maritime and Port Authority in 2016 (Source: FueLNG)

Singapore’s first LNG bunker vessel launched in China

Singapore’s first LNG bunkering vessel has been launched at China’s Keppel Nantong Shipyard. The 7,500m3 vessel will be operated by FueLNG, a joint venture between Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd and Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd and is due for completion in the final quarter of this year.

As the first LNG bunkering facility capable of providing ship-to-ship services, the vessel is the result of collaboration between FueLNG and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore which is supporting the growth of LNG as a marine fuel by providing a key service at the world’s largest bunkering hub.

The dual-fuel vessel, capable of operating on LNG or marine diesel, has been designed by Keppel’s technology division, Keppel Marine and Deepwater Technology. Key features include a capability to provide bunkering services without tug assistance, propulsion and power management systems that optimise fuel and emissions performance, high manoeuvrability, and compatibility with a wide range of vessel types. With a supply rate of up to 1,000m3 per hour, the tanker can supply LNG to vessels at heights ranging from 3m to 23m above sea level.

“There is a growing number of LNG-fuelled vessels in the world and FueLNG is well-positioned to seize bunkering opportunities in Singapore,” commented Saunak Rai, general manager of FueLNG. “We have safely completed more than 200 truck-to-ship bunkering operations with no incidents, a testament to our high standards and operational expertise. The vessel will enhance our range of services and boost our efforts to further increase the availability of LNG in the market.”

Article Editorial staff Ship&Offshore
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