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Maersk: Shanghai poised to become world’s leading global green shipping centre

Robert Maersk Uggla shares firm’s recommendations for Shanghai to be a top green shipping centre including working closely with industry players to plan green fuel bunkering facilities.





A.P. Moller-Maersk (Maersk) on Tuesday (17 October) shared its recommendations for green transformation and decarbonisation of the shipping industry in Shanghai, according to the Methanol Institute CEO Gregory Dolan on 18 October. 

Dolan said the 35th Shanghai Mayors International Advisory Conference (IBLAC) was successfully held yesterday. After three years of online meetings, the members of the City Advisory Committee reunited in Shanghai to feel the changes in the city while providing suggestions for the development of Shanghai.

​Under the theme of "Change and New Opportunities: Accelerating the Construction of a More Dynamic and Resilient International Metropolis”, Robert Maersk Uggla, Chairman of the Board of A.P. Moller-Maersk, was invited to participate in the meeting and share Maersk's recommendations on green transformation and decarbonisation of the industry.

“Many port cities worldwide have ambitions and plans to transform into green shipping centres, and Shanghai is uniquely positioned to be a first mover and a leading global green shipping centre. Shanghai is home to the world's largest container port, and with green fuel supplies and infrastructure in place, many of the green-fuel ships ordered today will naturally be deployed in Shanghai,” Uggla said. 

In this regard, Maersk made the following recommendations:

First, working closely with industry players to plan green fuel bunkering facilities in parallel with other leading global ports such as Rotterdam and Singapore, including the required storage facilities and bunkering #vessels for efficient simultaneous operation of ships (SIMOPS).

Secondly, it is consistent with international custom and usage regarding safety criteria and operating procedures (SOPs).

Third, assess tax regulations to ensure the supply of green methanol produced or imported in China is competitive.

Finally, consider developing a shipping decarbonisation plan similar to the EU ETS and creating incentives for using green fuels to drive investment in green methanol production in China.

Uggla stressed that the production of green fuels and green chemicals will be one of the largest industrial development opportunities in China's history. 

“To produce 100 million tonnes of green methanol requires an investment of up to USD 500 billion, which will benefit producers, renewable energy source and hydrogen energy developers, and other players in the value chain,” he said.

“In September this year, Maersk's world's first green methanol vessel was named and put into operation. In addition, the Company's first batch of ultra-large green methanol-fuelled vessels will be delivered in early 2024, and nearly 200 green methanol-fuelled vessels have been ordered and retrofitted globally.”

“We hope the green methanol made in China will be ready by then and that the green methanol refuelling infrastructure in Shanghai Port will be complete. To our knowledge, Shanghai has made significant progress in these areas and we are confident that Shanghai will be ready for a new generation of green ship services and become the world's leading green shipping centre.”

Manifold Times previously reported Maersk signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) on strategic cooperation for Shanghai Port methanol marine fuel project.

The two parties will join hands to explore green methanol fuel vessel-to-vessel bunkering operation after Maersk’s green methanol container vessels are delivered in 2024.

Related: Maersk and Shanghai International Port ink deal on green methanol bunkering

Photo credit: The Methanol Institute
Published: 18 October, 2023

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VPS conducts assessment on first SIMOPS methanol bunkering op in Singapore

Firm was appointed by OCI Methanol Europe to conduct a quantity and quality assessment of a methanol bunker fuel delivery to “Eco Maestro” in Singapore.





VPS conducts assessment on first SIMOPS methanol bunkering op in Singapore

Marine fuels testing company VPS on Tuesday (28 May) said it was appointed by OCI Methanol Europe, part of the OCI Global Group, to conduct a quantity and quality assessment of a methanol fuel delivery to Eco Maestro in Singapore.

Captain Rahul Choudhuri, President Strategic Partnerships, VPS, said VPS survey experts Rafael Theseira and Muhd Nazmi Abdul Rahim were at hand during the methanol bunkering to ensure the 300 metric tonnes of methanol transfer was carried out smoothly, having been involved in the first methanol bunkering a year ago. 

Manifold Times recently reported X-Press Feeders, Global Energy Trading Pte Ltd (GET), and PSA Singapore (PSA) successfully completing the first simultaneous methanol bunkering and cargo operation (SIMOPS) in Singapore.

A X-Press Feeder container vessel, Eco Maestro, on its maiden voyage from Asia to Europe was successfully refuelled with close to 300 mt of bio-methanol by GET, a MPA licensed bunker supplier, using MT KARA

The ISCC-certified bio-methanol used for the SIMOPS was produced by green methanol producer OCI Global and supplied via GET, a ISCC-certified supplier.

Captain Choudhuri said the role of the marine, petroleum or bunker surveyor has evolved over the years in shipping and maritime affairs, but the principles have not - and that is to provide independent assessment of the quality and quantity of the product transfer. 

“This may seem obvious but this quality and quantity control is crucial to avoid commercial discrepancies, shortages or fraud,” he said.

“Safety training is critical and we have been on top of this having completed the required MPA fire-fighting course and the IBIA Methanol training course. We will work more with the Singapore Maritime Academy for trainings in future,” he added.

In August last year, Singapore-headquartered independent common carrier X-Press Feeders launched its first ever dual-fuel vessel Eco Maestro in China.

Manifold Times previously reported VPS stating it was the first company to complete a methanol bunker quantity survey (BQS) operation in Singapore on 27 July last year.

VPS was appointed by Maersk and Hong Lam Marine Pte Ltd, to undertake the very first bunker quantity survey (BQS) of a methanol fuel delivery, supplied by Hong Lam to the Maersk vessel on its maiden voyage to Europe. 

Related: First SIMOPS methanol bunkering operation completed in Singapore
Related: VPS completes quantity survey on Singapore’s first methanol bunkering op
Related: Singapore bunkering sector enters milestone with first methanol marine refuelling op
Related: X-Press Feeders launches its first methanol dual-fuel vessel “Eco Maestro” in China


Photo credit: VPS
Published: 29 May 2024

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Consortium inks MoU for facility in Egypt to produce green methanol bunker fuel

AD Ports Group, Transmar and Orascom Construction will develop a green methanol storage and export facility, which will provide bunkering solutions for mainliners who have ordered green methanol powered vessels.





Consortium inks MoU for facility in Egypt to produce green methanol bunker fuel

AD Ports Group, a facilitator of global trade, logistics and industry on Tuesday (28 May) said it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with container shipping line and terminal operator Transmar and global engineering and construction contractor Orascom Construction for the development of a green methanol storage and export facility. 

AD Ports Group said the facility will aim to supply low-carbon fuel for maritime transport, presenting an opportunity to establish clean alternative energy storage solutions globally.

Green methanol is a synthetic fuel produced renewably and without polluting emissions, and can be produced from green hydrogen. This chemical compound can be used as a low-carbon liquid fuel and is a promising alternative to fossil fuels in areas where decarbonisation is a major challenge.  

Aside from the maritime industry, green methanol can help decarbonise other hard-to-abate industries, including chemical and plastics. 

“The addition of a facility in this area will provide bunkering solutions for those mainliners who have ordered green methanol powered vessels and is aligned with AD Ports Group’s overall decarbonisation strategy and expansion into clean energy liquid bulk storage,” the Group added.

Captain Ammar Mubarak Al Shaiba, CEO – Maritime & Shipping Cluster, AD Ports Group, said: "By signing this MoU with Orascom Construction who have vast international experience in bulk liquid terminals for Methanol storage, and Transmar, who have decades of expertise in this region and within terminal operations, AD Ports Group and its subsidiaries are taking a significant step towards the sustainable future of energy.”

“This initiative not only aligns with the UAE's decarbonisation goals but also accelerates the energy transition in shipping, positioning us at the forefront of the green hydrogen revolution and enabling us to contribute to global environmental stewardship and economic diversification."


Photo credit: AD Ports Group
Published: 29 May 2024

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Singapore: Global Energy celebrates first methanol marine fuel delivery with IMO type II bunker tanker

Approximately 1,340 mt of blended methanol was supplied by GET’s IMO type II bunker tanker “MT Kara” to “Stena Prosperous” on 24 May.





Singapore: Global Energy celebrates first methanol marine fuel delivery with IMO type II bunker tanker

Singapore accredited bunker supplier Global Energy Trading Pte Ltd (GET) on Friday (24 May) entered a company milestone with its first methanol bunkering operation.

Approximately 1,340 metric tonnes (mt) of blended methanol was supplied by GET’s IMO type II bunker tanker MT Kara to Stena Prosperous, a methanol-powered tanker commercially managed by Proman, after loading from the VOPAK Penjuru Terminal.

A fuel blend of 20% ISCC-certified sustainable bio-methanol and 80% conventional methanol, which reduces carbon emissions by 31% on a tank-to-wake basis compared to using Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (VLSFO) for the same journey, was supplied during the bunkering operation.

“This marks a milestone in the history of Singapore’s marine fuel industry, paving the way for the island’s transition to meet its decarbonisation goals of 2030 and beyond,” Wayne Loh, Manager, Commercial Business, GET told Manifold Times.

“Our joy of success is shared with Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Proman, Valenz, Vopak, Classification Societies, and other key stakeholders.

“All participants have contributed dearly and worked diligently together to set the course towards a sustainable future in shipping.

“The journey will strengthen Singapore’s position further as the premier port for marine innovations in meeting the challenges associated to methanol and other alternative marine fuels.

“A special ‘thank you’ goes to the crew of Kara and Stena Prosperous for their cooperation and dedication.”

Global Energy Group (established 1992) is a marine service and regional oil transportation/logistics business provider; the company owns and operates 25 bunker tankers to support its marine fuel supply business in Singapore and Fujiarah.

Global Energy Trading Pte Ltd and Stellar Shipmanagement Services Pte Ltd are its wholly owned subsidiaries, operating the core businesses of the group.

Related: Singapore reaches new milestone with methanol bunkering op of “Stena Prosperous”


Published: 28 May 2024

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