Classification society ABS on Thursday (10 February) said the first LNG-fuelled Newcastlemax bulk carrier in an order of 13 ABS-classed vessels for Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) has taken on its inaugural load of liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker fuel at Singapore.
The 209,936-dwt dual-fuel vessel, Mount Tourmaline, was built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in China and delivered to EPS on 28 January, 2022.
“ABS is proud to be able to use our extensive experience of LNG as a marine fuel to support EPS with its decarbonisation strategy,” stated Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO.
“The vessel’s first fuelling with LNG is a significant moment in the project to deliver 13 of these innovative vessels which, together, will represent a significant reduction in carbon emissions and cleaner operations.”
“Our fleet of dual-fuel LNG Newcastlemax vessels will play a major role in our decarbonisation efforts and the industry’s energy transition,” added Captain Anil Singh, EPS Chief Operating Officer.
“These ships prove that significant emission reduction is available today when like-minded partners work together. This milestone LNG bunkering in Singapore marks the start of a new era in global dry bulk shipping.
“It also represents the strong partnership and aligned values between EPS and ABS. We are pleased to work alongside ABS as we continue to find innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint.”
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Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 14 February, 2022
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