Singapore-based tanker owner and operator Hafnia recently celebrated the completion of its first LNG bunkering operation on board its product tanker Hafnia Languedoc.
This vessel is the first of four new LNG dual-fuel LR2 product tankers that will be time chartered out to energy giants Total and Equinor.
"The LNG Bunkering took place successfully and seamlessly at the Port of Pengerang in Malaysia in mid-April," a spokesperson for Hafnia said.
In March, Hafnia Languedoc was officially welcomed into the Hafnia fleet, having been delivered by Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI), a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation.
The four new sister vessels are all equipped with a fuel gas supply system featuring full redundancy on all supply systems, capable of handling boil-off gas from the LNG tanks under any condition. The vessels' auxiliary engines, gensets, and boilers will be able to run on multiple fuel types.
"Well done to all those involved, and we look forward to sharing more on LNG bunkering in the months to come, as we take over more LNG dual fuel vessels," the Hafnia spokesperson added.
The ships will be classed by DNV and sail under the Maltese flag. Hafnia's fleet consists of 230 vessels, including 115 owned and 102 operated ships.
In 2022, Hafnia expanded its fleet by adding 36 vessels through the strategic acquisitions of Scorpio and Chemical Tankers Inc (CTI), making it the world's largest product and chemical tanker operator.
The CTI acquisition was a key part of the firm’s new Climate Strategy and its plan to achieve a 40% carbon intensity reduction by 2028, based on a baseline carbon intensity of 5.24 grams/ton nautical mile (T-NM) in 2022.
“The maritime sector is increasingly under pressure to decarbonise, and I believe that Hafnia is at the forefront of such efforts. We are consistently working to reduce our environmental footprint by looking for vessel optimisation initiatives that reduce our emissions to the air,” Mikael Skov, CEO of Hafnia, said.
The firm sees the use of LNG as the most viable alternative fuel until ammonia and hydrogen engines become commercially viable.