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Concurrent bunkering services at Singapore terminals could spark new trend

Activity saves time for shipowners and frees up anchorage at port for more operations, Sentek Marine & Trading and Sinanju Tankers spokesmen both tell Manifold Times.

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Developments by Singapore terminals to introduce concurrent bunkering operations for berthed vessels loading/discharging cargoes might spark a trend for more of such activities in the future, believe Singapore marine fuel suppliers.

To date, Sentek Marine & Trading and Sinanju Tankers are the only two bunker suppliers who have conducted concurrent bunkering operations at Singapore-based terminals.
 
“From a shipowners point of view, concurrent bunkering saves them time and this is beneficial to them,” a source at Sentek Marine & Trading told Manifold Times.
 
Concurrent bunkering operations at Singapore will require bunker suppliers who are able to adapt to new operating conditions.
 
“The activity requires a lot more coordination with the shipping agent and terminal operator,” he explains.
 
“Concurrent bunkering at berth is subject to terminal instructions, and there are several logistical issues to overcome before a bunker tanker is able to approach the berth. 

“A longer berth time [for the berthed vessel working at the terminal] is a must when doing concurrent bunkering as it can take up to two hours before the bunker barge is able to position itself alongside the vessel.”
 
Sentek Marine & Trading supplied 800 metric tonnes (mt) of 380 centistoke (cSt) grade and 70 mt of low sulphur marine gas oil (LS MGO) to the Stolt Virtue during a concurrent bunkering operation at Stolthaven Singapore in February.
 
In October 2017, Dutch oil storage company Vopak launched concurrent bunkering operations at its Singapore Sebarok oil terminal where Sinanju Tankers carried out the bunker delivery.

“Oil terminals have a heightened safety protocol,” says Desmond Chong, General Manager of Sinanju.

“To prepare for Sinanju’s first concurrent bunkering operations, we had several meetings with their team to understand their concerns, requirements and safety procedures.”

According to Chong, Sinanju carried out site visits, risk assessments and established communications and emergency response procedures before being approved by Vopak.

Additionally, the bunker supplier took it upon themselves to assign their most experienced crew to carry out the pioneering operation and provided them with training focusing on safety and handling emergencies.

“In light of the scarce anchorage space and focus in increasing efficiency for vessels calling in Singapore for cargo operations and bunkering, we would expect to see more concurrent bunkering operations at oil terminals, provided the terminals are in agreement,” concludes Chong.

Photo credit: Stolthaven
Published: 12 March, 2018
 

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Newbuilding

Singapore: EPS orders ammonia, LNG dual-fuel vessels from China

EPS signed one contract for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International.

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Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Wednesday (28 February) said it signed two new contract orders in a signing ceremony in Shanghai, one for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International. 

The contracts signed cover four 210,000 dwt ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers and two 111,000 dwt LNG dual-fuel LR2 oil tankers, expanding our fleet of green vessels on water. 

“These are pivotal for EPS, testament to our continued commitment towards the decarbonisation of shipping,” EPS said in a social media post.

Manifold Times recently reported EPS signing a contract for its first ever wind-assisted propulsion system, partnering with bound4blue to install three 22-metre eSAILs® onboard the Pacific Sentinel

The turnkey ‘suction sail’ technology, which drags air across an aerodynamic surface to generate exceptional propulsive efficiency, will be fitted later this year, helping the 183-metre, 50,000 DWT oil and chemical tanker reduce overall energy consumption by approximately 10%, depending on vessel routing.

Related: Singapore: EPS orders its first wind-assisted propulsion system for tanker

 

Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 1 March 2024

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LNG Bunkering

Malaysia: Port of Tanjung Pelepas completes first LNG bunkering operation

Landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs containership operated by French shipping giant CMA CGM.

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Port of Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd (PTP), a joint venture between MMC Group and APM Terminals, on Wednesday (28 February) announced a significant milestone with the successful completion of its first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering operation. 

The landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) capacity containership operated by French shipping giant, CMA CGM.

Tan Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, Chairman of PTP in a statement remarked this latest milestone demonstrates PTP’s commitment to continuously enhance its competitive advantages in an increasingly competitive global market.

“The successful completion of our first LNG bunkering operation also underscores our unwavering commitment to sustainability and environmental leadership. We are proud to partner with Petronas Trading Corporation Sendirian Berhad (PETCO) and CMA CGM on this initiative and showcase PTP’s capabilities as a leading facilitator of clean and efficient maritime operations.”

“This milestone paves the way for further growth in LNG bunkering at PTP, contributing significantly to the decarbonisation of the maritime industry.”

Commenting on this achievement, Mark Hardiman, Chief Executive Officer of PTP stated this latest milestone further highlights PTP’s position as the largest transshipment hub terminal in Malaysia.

“In preparation for the LNG bunkering operation, PTP worked closely since March 2022 with PETCO and CMA CGM, as well as with various other related government agencies to organise table-top exercises (TTX) and workshops, before carrying out the deployment exercise.”

“The success of the bunkering operation is a result of the seamless collaboration and preparations involving rigorous safety procedures through in-depth operational and risk assessments, modelling, and validation. We thank PETCO, CMA CGM all other involved parties for their joint efforts in operationalising the bunkering capability and we welcome partners to work with us to accelerate maritime decarbonisation,” said Hardiman.

Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) is Malaysia’s largest transshipment hub with the capacity to handle 13 million TEUs annually. The port delivers reliable, efficient, and advanced services to major shipping lines and box operators, providing shippers in Malaysia and abroad with extensive connectivity to the global market. PTP is currently ranked 15th among the world top container ports.

 

Photo credit: Port of Tanjung Pelepas
Published: 1 March 2024

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Alternative Fuels

Wallenius Wilhelmsen to order four additional methanol DF PCTCs

Newbuilds will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.

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Wallenius Wilhelmsen PCTC order

Roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen on Tuesday (27 February) declared options to build four additional next-generation Shaper Class pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) vessels.

The 9,300 CEU methanol dual fuel vessels can utilise alternative fuel sources, such as methanol, upon delivery. They will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.

“Together with our customers we are committed to further shaping our industry and accelerating towards net zero. These new vessels are a vital part of that journey,” says Xavier Leroi, EVP & COO Shipping Services.

This latest commitment brings the total number of Shaper Class vessels currently on order with Jinling Shipyard (Jiangsu) to eight. Wallenius Wilhelmsen also retains further options.

The first of the Shaper Class vessels already ordered are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2026. The four additional vessels under the declared options will be delivered between May and November 2027.

 

Photo credit: Wallenius Wilhelmsen
Published: 1 March 2024

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