Bunkering joint venture FueLNG has launched Singapore’s first LNG bunkering vessel at Keppel Nantong Shipyard.
The new vessel features capacity of 7,5000 cubic metres and will be the first vessel to provide regular ship-to-ship LNG bunkering services within Singapore port.
“There is a growing number of LNG-fuelled vessels in the world and FueLNG is well-positioned to seize LNG bunkering opportunities in Singapore,” Saunak Rai, General Manager of FueLNG, said
MTD 7500U LNG design
The launch is one of several initiatives supported by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) designed to transform the island state into a global LNG bunkering hub.
Capable of running on both LNG and marine diesel oil, the new bunker vessel is based on the proprietary MTD 7500U LNG design developed by Keppel O&M’s technology arm, Keppel Marine and Deepwater Technology (KMDTech).
The design allows bunkering without tug assistance, and additionally offers propulsion and power management systems that optimise fuel consumption while delivering compatibility with a wide range of vessels.
Following launch at Keppel Nantong Shipyard in China the vessel will be deployed in Singapore, offering a filling rate range of up to 1000 cubic metres of LNG per hour and ability to refuel vessels at heights up to 23 metres above water level.
200 successful operations
A joint venture between Keppel Offshore & Marine and Shell Eastern Petroleum, FueLNG recently announced that it had completed more than 200 truck-to-ship bunkering operations with no incidents.
“Building Singapore’s first LNG bunkering vessel demonstrates FueLNG’s confidence in LNG as a marine fuel. The vessel will enhance our range of services and boost our efforts to further increase the availability of LNG in the market,” Rai commented.
The firm predicts that expansion of LNG bunkering infrastructure will extend opportunities in adjacent sectors, such as ship design, construction, operation and repair, as well as boosting demand for LNG trading in Singapore.