Sembcorp Marine holds ceremony for LNG-hybrid tug for service in yards and Port of Singapore

Tuesday, 24 January 2023
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Sembcorp Marine Ltd, together with its subsidiaries, have celebrated the naming of its first of a series of LNG-hybrid tugs specially designed for domestic service in the Port of Singapore.

The Singapore-flagged vessel was christened “JMS Sunshine” by a Lady Sponsor, Ms Wong Lee Lin, former Executive Director of Sembawang Shipyard, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine (Sembmarine) and former Head of Repairs & Upgrade at Sembcorp Marine.

Fleet renewal

As part of the company’s maritime fleet renewal with green propulsion vessels, Sembcorp commissioned the design and build of the world’s first LNG-hybrid tug in 2018.

Sembmarine plans to build a fleet of tugs to progressively replace the existing diesel-powered fleet operated by Jurong Marine Services (JMS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Sembmarine and a licensed operator of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.

The “JMS Sunshine” was designed by LMG Marin AS, also a wholly-owned unit of Sembmarine.

“The tug is classed by the America Bureau of Shipping and has a Cyber Secure 1 notation to safeguard the asset from growing cyber threats faced by the marine and offshore industry,” said the company.

The first of its kind, “JMS Sunshine” runs on LNG with a sizable energy storage system based on a Lithium ion battery.

Sembmarine said this system allows emission-free operation of the tug during idling and low-speed transit.

“It is capable of taking over the energy needs if a spike in power is warranted, and comes equipped with a ‘take-me-home’ reserve capacity to ensure safe return of the tug in the event of engine failure,” added Sembmarine.

The “JMS Sunshine” will be deployed in Sembmarine’s yards for ship manoeuvring, mooring and unmooring operations.

It can also be deployed by ship operators to escort vessels within Singapore port limits.

“We are thrilled to be part of the team bringing green solutions to Singapore waters. The ‘JMS Sunshine’ is the first LNG-hybrid tug that we have worked on and we look forward to conversions of the rest of our tug fleet,” said Gordon Ng, JMS Assistant General Manager.

Simon Kuik, Sembmarine’s head of research and development, noted that emission regulations for marine vessels were getting more stringent every year.

Ultimate goal

“The ultimate goal is to cut the Group’s greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions by at least 5 percent by 2050 compared with 2008. To stay ahead of the curve, we invest selectively in innovative design solutions,” explained Kuik.

Wong Weng Sun, Sembmarine President and Chief Executive said the company was delighted to play its part in leading the way towards decarbonisation in Singapore.

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