Singapore completes first containership LNG refuelling in Asia

Thursday, 06 May 2021
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Authorities in Singapore have achieved the first containership LNG refuelling in Asia, completing ship-to-ship bunkering from the FueLNG Bellina.

The landmark bunkering operation saw the containership CMA CGM Scandola refuel in Singapore with 7,100 cubic metres of LNG.

“The use of more sustainable fuels is an important element of the decarbonisation strategy. As the shipping industry explores alternative zero-carbon fuels, LNG is a viable transitional fuel. As a global bunkering hub, we are pleased to partner CMA CGM,

FueLNG, Keppel Offshore & Marine and Shell Eastern Petroleum, to provide more sustainable bunkering solutions for the shipping industry,” Chee Hong Tat, Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Transport and Foreign Affairs, said.

50 STS bunkering operations in 2021

The Bellina is Singapore’s first LNG bunkering vessel and launched at the start of the year as part of a joint venture between Keppel Offshore & Marine, Shell and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

“We are pleased to kickstart ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operations for the FueLNG Bellina in Singapore, which allows us to fuel larger vessels such as containerships. We have a number of ships lined up for FueLNG Bellina’s next bunkering operations, reflecting the strong demand for LNG bunkering in Singapore. LNG is an important part of the clean energy transition and this is in line with Keppel’s Vision 2030 to pursue greener energy developments,” Chris Ong, Chairman of FueLNG and CEO of Keppel O&M, stated.

FueLNG aims to complete a total of 30 to 50 ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operations in 2021, building on its experience delivering over 300 truck-to-ship LNG bunkering operations so far.

“Singapore is a new addition within our global LNG bunkering network of eight countries and nine ports. We plan to double this bunkering infrastructure on key international trade routes by the mid-2020s so that we can support the sector with the capabilities to tackle emissions with urgency,” Tahir Faruqui, Director, FueLNG and Head of Shell Downstream LNG, said.

Simultaneous cargo operations

The operation also marked another major milestone as Asia’s first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation with simultaneous cargo operations, allowing for shorter port stay time.

“Today, LNG is the most advanced solution when it comes to preserving air quality... CMA CGM Scandola is the first of more CMA CGM-operated LNG vessels that will undergo simultaneous cargo and LNG bunkering operations in Singapore. The Group’s fleet of LNG containerships will grow to 32 by the end of 2022,” Stephane Courquin, Chief Executive Officer of CMA CGM Asia Pacific, said

The Scandola is the first of six new LNG-fuelled containerships, each with 15,000-TEU capacity, that CMA CGM will deploy on its MEX 1 service between Asia and the Mediterranean.

Alongside its planned bunker vessel fleet Keppel O&M is also developing a pioneering floating bunkering facility, set to become operational at the end of 2021. The LNG bunkering facility will be able to receive vessels such as harbour crafts and small vessels from the facility, with a capacity of 3,500 cubic metres. 

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