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LR: Safety and supply crucial for widespread adoption of ammonia bunker fuel

New Lloyd’s Register report highlights that the safe use of ammonia and its surrounding regulatory framework remains a critical factor for its adoption as a marine fuel.

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LR: Safety and supply crucial for widespread adoption of ammonia bunker fuel

A new Lloyd’s Register report published on Thursday (21 March) has highlighted the need for industry-wide understanding of the operational and safety challenges surrounding the use of ammonia as a bunker fuel, for its adoption as part of the maritime energy transition.

Fuel for thought: Ammonia report found that although technology for ammonia as a marine fuel is developing rapidly, gaps in the regulatory framework around its use need to be addressed, alongside resolving the challenges for the production and supply of zero or near-zero emissions ammonia.

The report has identified that by taking steps to develop a framework today, the industry can avoid delays and build on the strong technology case for ammonia adoption. 

For the safe handling and infrastructure, the maritime industry can draw on the extensive experience of transporting ammonia as a cargo throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. There are, however, still concerns around ammonia’s toxicity, crew awareness and training and its overall impact on aquatic, human and environmental health.

The study also found that among the factors to consider for ammonia adoption, social acceptance and scalability are key.

The pricing of renewable electricity, green hydrogen and carbon capture will all impact ammonia’s affordability as a marine fuel. Clean ammonia producers, who are looking to upgrade production to create blue and green ammonia, see potential in increased demand from agriculture and other sectors, as well as shipping, all putting pressure on supply.

Liam Blackmore, Principal Specialist – Decarbonisation at Lloyd’s Register, said: “Fuel for thought: Ammonia, underlines the importance of addressing regulatory gaps, technology application and production hurdles in order to ensure the seamless integration of ammonia into the marine fuel landscape as part of the maritime energy transition.”

“By proactively developing a robust framework today, it is possible to accelerate the adoption of this, whilst mitigating potential risks and hazards. LR is committed to supporting first movers in ammonia and other alternative fuels, drawing upon our extensive experience and expertise in maritime safety and regulation to help deliver innovative solutions that prioritise safety and reliability.”

LR’s is supporting ammonia pioneers in delivering designs and processes that are safe and reliable. In addition to being a founding member of the Castor Initiative, a joint development project for two deep-sea ammonia propelled tankers, LR will class Exmar’s ammonia-fuelled gas carriers currently under design development by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard.

LR has also issued approval in principle for ammonia-fuelled engine designs and technologies and has completed a risk assessment with Yara Marine Technologies and Pilbara Port Authority for ammonia supply and bunkering.

Note: The full ‘Fuel for thought: Ammonia’ report can be found here.

 

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Published: 22 March 2024

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Singapore: Annual general meetings scheduled for Xihe Holdings subsidiaries

Annual general meetings of companies/creditors will be held for Xin Chun Shipping (Pte) Ltd and Xin Dun Shipping (Pte) Ltd on 11 July and 9 July respectively, according to Government Gazette notices.

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Notices were published on the Government Gazette on Friday (21 June) regarding scheduled annual meetings for two Xihe Holdings subsidiaries Xin Chun Shipping (Pte) Ltd and Xin Dun Shipping (Pte) Ltd.

Annual general meetings for Xin Chun Shipping are to be held on 11 July at the following times:

For the company: 10.00 am
For the creditors: 11.00 am 

Annual general meeting for Xin Dun Shipping are to be held on 9 July at the following times:

For the company: 10.00 am
For the creditors: 11.00 am

AGENDA

  1. To receive an update on the liquidation.
  2. To receive an account of the Liquidators’ acts and dealings, and of the conduct of the winding up.

The following are the details of the liquidator:

Ho May Kee
Liquidator
c/o 8 Marina View
#40-04/05 Asia Square Tower 1
Singapore 018960

Xihe Holdings Pte Ltd and its subsidiaries are owned by the Lim family, who are also the owners of the embattled Hin Leong Trading.

Related: JMs: First creditors meeting of Xihe Holdings subsidiaries to be held in January 2021

 

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Published: 24 June, 2024

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ENGINE: Americas Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook (20 June 2024)

Tropical Storm Alberto disrupts US Gulf Coast bunkering; good demand in Baltimore; muted demand in Rio Grande.

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The following article regarding bunker fuel availability in the Americas region has been provided by online marine fuel procurement platform ENGINE for post on Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times:

  • Tropical Storm Alberto disrupts US Gulf Coast bunkering
  • Good demand in Baltimore
  • Muted demand in Rio Grande

North America

Bunker demand has slowed in Houston and several other locations along the US Gulf Coast due to adverse weather conditions caused by Tropical Storm Alberto. Since Wednesday morning, all vessel traffic through the Houston Ship Channel has been suspended. The storm has brought heavy rain and high winds to the region, impacting vessel navigation.

Bunker barges can still operate in the northern part of the channel but are unable to head south. This is expected to delay bunker deliveries in Houston, Bolivar Roads, Freeport, Beaumont and Lake Charles.

Tropical Storm Alberto made landfall on the northeastern coast of Mexico on Thursday. All operations have been suspended at Mexico's Tampico port, where bunker demand is usually very low due to the high prices of all fuel grades.

The Corpus Christi area is also experiencing heavy rainfall, and the storm is likely to upgrade to Tropical Cyclone Category 1. This may cause further delays for barges heading to Point Comfort.

Despite weather challenges, availability has been normal in Houston across grades. Several suppliers in Houston have ample VLSFO and LSMGO supplies and can offer prompt deliveries, depending on the weather conditions.

Demand in the New Orleans Outer Anchorage (NOLA) has picked up this week amid disruptions in most of the Gulf Coast ports. Several suppliers are able to offer VLSFO and LSMGO stems with a lead time of 4–7 days.

Bunkering has been suspended in the Galveston Offshore Lightering Area (GOLA) since Monday amid extremely rough weather conditions. The region is currently facing gale-force wind gusts of 41 knots, and the weather is forecasted to remain severe until Sunday.

Demand has remained low in the West Coast ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles this week. Availability of all grades is normal, with lead times of around 5-7 days recommended in both ports.

On the other hand, San Francisco on the West Coast has seen an uptick in demand this week.

VLSFO and LSMGO availability is normal in the East Coast port of New York. Overall, bunker demand has been slow in New York so far this week.

Baltimore has seen a steady flow of enquiries this week. The port's bunker demand is gradually picking up after the channel reopened fully earlier this month.

Caribbean and Latin America

Bunker fuel demand has been good in Panama's Balboa and Cristobal. Product availability is also good in both locations, with several suppliers able to supply all fuel grades with a lead time of 5-7 days.

As of now, the Panama Canal Authority allows 32 daily transits. This number will be increased to 33 starting 11 July and further to 34 transits from 22 July.

VLSFO and LSMGO grades are available at Argentina’s Zona Comun anchorage, with recommended lead times of 5-7 days. Bunker demand has been low in the past week. However, strong wind gusts are forecast to hit the anchorage on Thursday evening, potentially affecting bunker operations in Zona Comun.

Bunker fuel availability has been normal in the Brazilian ports of Santos. Several suppliers are able to offer LSMGO stems with a lead time of 5-6 days.

Bunker demand remains muted in Rio Grande. Bunker buyers are still cautious about lifting bunkers there, a source says.

By Debarati Bhattacharjee

 

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Published: 21 June, 2024

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Singapore: Notice of intended dividend for An Hui Shipping, Nan Yi Maritime

Creditors of both companies will need to produce proofs of debt to liquidators of the companies by 21 June 2024 at 5pm, according to Government Gazette notices.

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Notices of intended dividend for An Hui Shipping Pte. Ltd and Nan Yi Maritime (Pte.) Ltd., that are being wound up voluntarily, were published on the Government Gazette on Friday (7 June).

The following are the details:

Name of Company : Nan Yi Maritime (Pte.) Ltd. (In Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation)
Unique Entity No. / Registration No. : 200814293G
Address of Registered Office : c/o Grant Thornton Singapore Private Limited 8 Marina View #40-04/05 Asia Square Tower 1 Singapore 018960
Last Day for Receiving Proofs : 21 June 2024 at 5:00 pm by email to [email protected]
Name of Liquidators : Paresh Tribhovan Jotangia and Ho May Kee
Address : c/o Grant Thornton Singapore Private Limited, 8 Marina View, #40-04/05 Asia Square Tower 1, Singapore 018960

 

Name of Company : An Hui Shipping Pte. Ltd. (In Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation)
Unique Entity No. / Registration No.: 201207031N
Address of Registered Office : c/o Grant Thornton Singapore Private Limited, 8 Marina View
#40-04/05 Asia Square Tower 1, Singapore 018960
Last Day for Receiving Proofs : 21 June 2024 at 5:00 pm by email to [email protected]
Name of Liquidators : Paresh Tribhovan Jotangia and Ho May Kee
Address : c/o Grant Thornton Singapore Private Limited, 8 Marina View, #40-04/05 Asia Square Tower 1, Singapore 018960

 

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Published: 10 June, 2024

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