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DNV GL launches ‘FuelBoss’ – an integrated hub for LNG Bunkering

Platform aims to integrate a growing, but fragmented LNG bunkering market by simplifying daily operations on both supply and demand side.

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Classification society DNV GL on Tuesday (4 February),  launched a new online bunkering platform to take operators seamlessly from order through to delivery. 

FuelBoss offers ship owners, operators and suppliers a single common platform for nomination, scheduling, spot inquiries and business intelligence. 

LNG suppliers Gasum, Cryo Shipping and Nauticor are amongst the confirmed pilot customers and have supported the development with their expertise and domain knowledge.

“The idea behind FuelBoss is to accelerate the uptake of LNG in the maritime industry by providing suppliers with a highly efficient tool for managing all their customers and day to day operations, while offering ship operators a common interface for interacting with LNG suppliers,” says Trond Hodne, Senior Vice President at DNV GL – Maritime. 

“FuelBoss will standardize and simplify daily work processes and enable the LNG fuel industry to reap the benefits of digitalization. At the moment, both the interest in and the number of vessels using LNG is growing rapidly, but the bunkering picture is still fragmented. Delivery costs can be a significant part of the delivered LNG price, so optimizing the supply chain is essential. FuelBoss will let LNG suppliers and shipowners reap the network benefits of having a single platform for this growing market.”

FuelBoss is an integrated tool for LNG bunkering, allowing users to order bunker volumes within term contracts in a standardized format, keep track of changes and monitor involved assets, communicate through an integrated messaging service and digitally fill in, sign and archive forms and documentation from the bunkering process. 

The platform will facilitate spot inquiries outside term contracts and the users will also have access to a map-based overview of assets to keep track of LNG-fuelled ships and LNG bunker vessels through live and historic AIS feed. Signing up to the platform is free for ship owners and other buyers of LNG fuel.

The platform integrates software developed by port call optimization and maritime supply chain specialist Teqplay. This software has been validated and used by LNG supplier Shell and their customers for a year, to plan and execute LNG bunkering operations. 

“With the complexity of planning and coordinating operations for serving their growing customer base, Shell saw the need for a tailored digital tool that standardized the planning and work processes around the LNG bunker vessel operations,” says Leon Gommans, CEO Teqplay. 

“As LNG bunkering of Shell’s customers will be carried out by an increasingly global organisation to support the adoption of LNG fuel in new regions, the need for cost-competitive and standardized work processes became even more pressing.”

With FuelBoss, DNV GL and Teqplay have brought the market a flexible solution to fit the needs of both small and large LNG suppliers. 

LNG suppliers Gasum, Cryo Shipping and Nauticor have all signed up as pilot customers and have already supported the development with their user requirements, to ensure it becomes an efficient tool to manage their daily operations. 

DNV GL will continue to develop features for FuelBoss, including the integration of ship sensor data, data analytics for business intelligence, and support for other alternative fuels as demand grows.

The platform is due to launch commercially in April this year, but interested parties can sign up for beta access here.


Photo Credit: DNVGL

Published: 5 February, 2020

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“KEYS Azalea” performs first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering in western Japan

“KEYS Azalea” carried out its first LNG bunkering operation by supplying bunker fuel to car carrier “Daisy Leader” in Port at Hiroshima on 10 April.

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“KEYS Azalea” performs first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering in western Japan

KEYS Bunkering West Japan Corporation (KEYS), a joint venture established by Kyushu Electric Power, NYK Line, ITOCHU ENEX, and Saibu Gas on Friday (12 April) said a LNG bunkering vessel that it owns and operates completed the first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering in the western Japan region.

On 10 April, KEYS Azalea carried out LNG bunkering for the car carrier Daisy Leader in the Port at Hiroshima. The operation also marked the first LNG bunkering the vessel has completed. 

The LNG fuel supplied was shipped from the Tobata LNG terminal of Kitakyushu LNG Co., Ltd., a member of the Kyuden Group. 

KEYS Azalea is equipped with a dual-fuel engine that can use both LNG and heavy oil as fuel for its main power generation equipment. 

“KEYS will continue to carry out LNG bunkering safely and stably in the western Japan region, contributing to the creation of a carbon-neutral society and the development of Japan's LNG bunkering business,” the joint venture said.

Related: KEYS Bunkering West Japan names and launches LNG bunkering vessel “KEYS Azalea”

 

Photo credit: KEYS Bunkering West Japan Corporation
Published: 17 April 2024

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Singapore: Bunker fuel sales increase by 6.4% on year in March 2024

4.45 million mt of various marine fuel grades were delivered at the world’s largest bunkering port in February, up from 4.18 million mt recorded during March 2023, according to MPA data.

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Singapore: Bunker fuel sales increase by 6.4% on year in March 2024

Sales of bunker fuel at Singapore port increased by 6.4% on year during March 2024, according to Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) data.

In total, 4.45 million metric tonnes (mt) (exact 4,448,243 mt) of various marine fuel grades were delivered at the world’s largest bunkering port in February, up from 4.18 million mt (4,178,950 mt) recorded during March 2023.

Deliveries of marine fuel oil, low sulphur fuel oil, ultra low sulphur fuel oil, marine gas oil and marine diesel oil in March (against on year) recorded respectively 1.61 million mt (+40.4% from 1.27 million mt), 2.42 million mt (+9.91% from 2.55 million mt), zero (from zero), 5,100 mt (+132% from 14,700 mt) and zero (from zero).

Singapore: Bunker fuel sales increase by 6.4% on year in March 2024

Bio-blended variants of marine fuel oil, low sulphur fuel oil, ultra low sulphur fuel oil, marine gas oil and marine diesel oil in February (against on year) recorded respectively zero (from zero), 66,000 mt (-46.9% from 28,400 mt), zero (from zero), zero (from zero) and zero (from zero).

LNG and methanol sales were posted respectively at 38,600 mt (from 3,700) and zero (from zero).

Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales up by 18.8% on year in February 2024
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales up by 12.1% on year in January 2024

A complete series of articles on Singapore bunker volumes by Manifold Times in 2023 can be found below:

Related: Singapore achieves milestone with record year for bunker sales in 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales fell 2.5% on year in November 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales increase by 3.5% on year in October 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales increase by 7.7% on year in September 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales continue upward trend, rose by 3.4% on year in August 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales continue upward trend, rose by 9.7% on year in July 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales continue to increase by 4.7% on year in June 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales increase by 11.8% on year in May 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales continue upward trend, rose by 13.4% on year in April
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales continue upward trend, rose by 10.8% on year in March
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales continue upward trend, up 8.3% on year in February
Related: Singapore’s bunker sales kickstarts well with 8.6% increase on year in January 

Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 15 March 2024

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Port of Klaipeda achieves milestone with first STS LNG bunkering operation

Tanker “Avenir Aspiration” delivered 326 cubic meters of LNG bunker fuel to a 170-metre length CMA CGM container vessel Containerships Aurora on 9 April

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Port of Klaipeda achieves milestone with first STS LNG bunkering operation

The Port of Klaipeda on Thursday (11 April) said it saw its first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation on 9 April, marking a significant milestone for maritime services in the major Lithuanian transport hub.

Tanker Avenir Aspiration delivered 326 cubic meters of liquified natural gas (LNG) bunker fuel to a 170-metre length CMA CGM container vessel Containerships Aurora

Vladas Motiejunas, Harbourmaster, said: “This successful LNG bunkering operation is a milestone for Klaipeda Port and a significant leap forward in diversifying and improving the quality of services port provides to maritime operators.”

“The operation leverages our strategic advantages, including the existing infrastructure of the LNG floating storage and regasification terminal Independence, to offer cleaner, more sustainable bunkering solutions. Klaipeda Port is now firmly on the map as a convenient and reliable location for LNG bunkering in the region.”

CMA CGM operates three LNG-powered vessels in the Baltic Sea, with regular calls at the Port of Klaipeda. There are plans to expand the LNG-powered vessel fleet to six in the near future.

“The possibility to bunker LNG container vessels in the Port of Klaipeda is a strong sign that the port infrastructure is adapting in line with carbon zero targets in shipping. CMA CGM plans to have Klaipeda Port as a regular spot for LNG vessel bunkering”, said Saulius Kazakevicius, General Manager at CMA CGM Lithuania.

Klaipeda Port has the ambition to offer a wider variety of alternative green fuels in the future, including on-site production and bunkering of green hydrogen starting in early 2026.

Klaipeda Port is the major transport hub in Lithuania, serving 6,000 ships per year in the 33 specialised terminals. The port handles containers, ro-ro, LNG, dry bulk, liquid bulk, general, and project cargoes, and half a million passengers per year.

 

Photo credit: Port of Klaipeda
Published: 12 April 2024

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