Bunkering specialist FueLNG has carried out its first LNG transfer for a Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger, refuelling the Vox Arianne in Singapore.
Launched earlier this year, the Vox Ariane is owned and operated by Dutch maritime contracting company Royal Van Oord.
“Congratulations to the Van Oord team, and we wish the Vox Ariane crew a safe journey ahead,” a spokesperson for FueLNG said.
FueLNG is a joint venture between Keppel Offshore & Marine and Shell Eastern Petroleum.
The successful refuelling operation was carried out by the FueLNG Bellina, the first bunker vessel to operate in Singapore when it launched last year.
“This marks the first dredger bunkered by the FueLNG Bellina and extends our track record in providing safe and reliable ship-to-ship bunkering for a wide range of vessels,” FueLNG stated.
Since it entered commercial operation, the FueLNG Bellina has primarily conducted ship-to-ship LNG bunkering for tanker and container vessels docking at Singpaore. Measuring 120 metres in length, and with a beam of 20 metres, the FueLNG Bellina has capacity for 7,500 cubic metres.
Designed by Keppel Marine and Deepwater Technology (KMDTech), the technology division of Singaporean conglomerate Keppel, the FueLNG Bellina utilises its unique MTD 7500U LNG design, featuring a barge-like extended flat surface to provide greater flexibility. It was also the world’s first bunkering vessel with integrated Smart Notation digital services, enabling remote monitoring and real-time support of vessel operations.
The Vox Ariane was recently delivered to Van Oord by Keppel Offshore & Marine and is the first dual-fuel dredger built in Singapore. It is the first of three identical dredgers that Keppel O&M is building for the company, all of which feature hopper capacity of 10,500 cubic metres.
Van Oord is a Dutch family-owned firm with over 150 years of experience in international marine contracting. The company specializes in dredging, land reclamation and construction of man-made islands.