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MPA issues EOI seeking for methanol bunker fuel suppliers in Singapore

EOI comes after completion of world’s first ship-to-containership methanol bunkering operation in July in Singapore; aims to gather proposals for implementation of end-to-end methanol bunkering solutions.

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MPA issues EOI seeking for methanol bunker fuel suppliers in Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Thursday (14 December 2023) issued an Expression of Interest (EOI) inviting parties interested in supplying methanol as a bunker fuel in the Port of Singapore, to submit their proposals by the end of February. 

The EOI aims to gather proposals for the implementation of end-to-end methanol bunkering solutions in Singapore from 2025. The goal is to ensure a resilient supply of methanol to meet the international bunkering needs in the Port of Singapore given the expected delivery of methanol-capable vessels in the coming years. 

The EOI focuses on three areas: (a) methanol supply sources, (b) methanol bunkering operation model at commercial scale in Singapore and, (c) alternatives to the physical transfer of methanol molecules to Singapore such as mass balancing.

MPA will assess the viability of various solutions in the proposals received, which will also inform and shape the development of MPA’s methanol bunkering licensing framework.

This EOI comes after the recent completion of the world’s first ship-to-containership methanol bunkering operation on 27 July 2023 in Singapore. Aside from the Technical Reference (TR) for methanol bunkering that will be developed, MPA is also working with industry partners to study methanol supplies, infrastructure requirements such as terminal facilities and methanol-carrying bunker tankers, seafarers training, and bunkering standards, as part of the broader effort to operationalise methanol bunkering and supply methanol at scale in the Port of Singapore. 

Mr Teo Eng Dih, MPA Chief Executive, said: “The launch of this EOI marks an important step towards development of a methanol licensing framework to enable the supply of methanol at scale in the Port of Singapore. We look forward to working closely with interested parties on this effort which will be integral to help international shipping transit to green energy.”

In a social media post, Teo said Singapore can readily support the supply of methanol as a marine fuel to the domestic and international shipping community with methanol storage and bunkering infrastructure already available. 

“Arising from industry feedback & demand projections, methanol demand volume in the Port of Singapore has the potential to exceed 1 million tons per annum (MTPA) before 2030,” he said.

Interested parties can visit MPA’s website at https://go.gov.sg/mpa-eoi-supply-methanol-bunkering to access or download a copy of the EOI documents. Queries are to be submitted to the MPA point-of-contacts stated in the EOI documents by 20 February 2024 and proposals submitted by 29 February 2024, 3.00pm (Singapore time).

Manifold Times recently reported Stellar Shipmanagement Services Pte Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Energy Group, has taken delivery of a 4,000 DWT IMO Type 2 Chemical and Oil Tanker. MT MAPLE, classed by Bureau Veritas, is the first dedicated methanol bunkering tanker to operate in the port of Singapore.

Manifold Times previously reported Maersk and Hong Lam Marine Pte Ltd successfully conducted the world’s first ship-to-containership methanol bunkering operation of a Maersk’s container vessel on 27 July 2023 at the Raffles Reserved Anchorage in Singapore. 

The operation marked Singapore’s first methanol bunkering operation.

Later, Manifold Times also reported The Methanol Institute (MI) stating the successful completion of Singapore’s first methanol bunkering pilot has given the republic a lead in adopting methanol as a marine fuel. 

MI added the milestone operation between a Maersk containership and Hong Lam Marine tanker MT Agility was the first in Asia to feature a methanol-fuelled containership, and not a commercial product carrier transporting methanol.

Marine fuels testing company VPS was also the first company to complete a methanol bunker quantity survey (BQS) operation during Singapore’s first methanol bunkering operation. 

Related: MPA: Due diligence carried out prior to recent Singapore methanol bunkering pilot
Related: VPS completes quantity survey on Singapore’s first methanol bunkering op
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Related: Singapore gets ready for its first methanol bunkering this week after one year preparation

Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 15 December, 2023

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Singapore: Vitol Bunkers takes delivery of specialised biofuel bunker barge “Marine Future”

New vessel will uniquely make it possible to supply biofuel blends including B24, B30 and up to B100; can also be re-configured in future to supply methanol bunker fuel.

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Singapore: Vitol Bunkers takes delivery of specialised biofuel bunker barge “Marine Future”

Singapore-based marine fuel supplier Vitol Bunkers on Thursday (22 February) said it has taken delivery of the Marine Future, its first specialised bunker barge in Singapore, strengthening its position in Asia’s expanding biofuel bunker market.

The addition of this specialised IMO type 2 notation bunker tanker to the V-Bunkers fleet will uniquely make it possible to supply biofuel blends including B24, B30 and up to B100, depending on customer specifications.

Built in China, Marine Future is 102.6m in length and has the capacity to carry about 7,000 MT of biofuels.

“The current fleet of bunker tankers in Singapore are classified as ‘oil tankers’ and are therefore restricted to a maximum of 25% bio component in biofuel blends. This new bunker tanker has no such restriction, hence can deliver bunker fuels consisting of 100% bio component (B100),” the firm said in a statement.

“Biofuels are a key pathway for the hard-to-abate shipping sector to mitigate emissions. Biofuel sales in Singapore reached 520,000 tonnes in 2023 according to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), representing a material increase on the prior year where volumes were 140,000 tonnes.”

“We are delighted to now be able to offer our maritime customers the option to take up to 100% bio component bunker fuel here in Singapore and play our part in advancing the port’s decarbonisation efforts. Should there be demand, this vessel can also be re-configured in future to supply methanol” said Mike Muller, head of Vitol Asia.

Related: Vitol targets Singapore for Asia biofuel growth with bunker barges arrival in 2024
Related: Vitol chooses ZeroNorth e-BDN solution in Singapore

 

Photo credit: Vitol
Published: 22 February, 2024

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Auramarine, Yiu Lian Dockyards and Guangzhou Jihai ink deal for methanol DF systems

All parties signed a cooperation agreement to drive the implementation and uptake of methanol dual fuel systems as a viable and available new fuel to support the shipping industry.

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Auramarine, Yiu Lian Dockyards and Guangzhou Jihai ink deal for methanol DF systems

Auramarine, a provider of fuel supply systems for the marine, power and process industries, on Wednesday (21 February) said it has signed a cooperation agreement with Yiu Lian Dockyards (Shekou) Co., Ltd.  and Guangzhou Jihai Shipping Material Co. Ltd. to drive the implementation and uptake of methanol dual fuel systems as a viable and available new fuel to support the shipping industry in improving its sustainability and meeting decarbonisation targets.

Following the growth and opportunity of methanol as a future fuel, Auramarine will collaborate with Guangzhou Jihai to deliver an efficient, one-stop service to Yiu Lian Shipyard.  

This will include the integration of methanol supply units, bunker stations, deep well pumps, fuel tank instruments, PV valves, gas detection and leak detection, instrument air control systems, SS Links ESD systems, water glycol heat exchange, MFSS system debugging and training.

As Yiu Lian Shipyard’s prioritised provider of methanol fuel supply systems and related infrastructure, Auramarine will also provide technical support and collaboration.

John Bergman, CEO, Auramarine, said: “We are excited to embark on this tripartite cooperation with Yiu Lian Dockyards and Guangzhou Jihai to promote the development and adoption of methanol as a viable new fuel to comply with environmental regulations, reduce carbon emissions and meet industry decarbonisation targets.”

“This initiative underscores Auramarine’s commitment to collaborating with industry stakeholders to develop sustainable solutions in the maritime industry. Together, we aim to set new standards for green shipping, making a positive impact on the environment and the industry as a whole.”

Yiu Lian Shipyard is committed to researching various alternative energy supply systems, carbon reduction, and on-board emission reduction measures, and has rich experience in related renovation. As a representative of China’s shipbuilding industry, Yiu Lian Shipyard has become the preferred choice for a number of major shipowners’ methanol renovation projects.

As a leading trusted supplier, Guangzhou Jihai has worked in partnership with Yiu Lian Shipyard, providing efficient and effective services for many years.

 

Photo credit: Auramarine
Published: 22 February, 2024

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Unifeeder Group to add methanol-capable container feeder duo to European network

Latest agreement is in partnership with German-based ship owning group Elbdeich Reederei and Norwegian shipowner MPC Container Ships, who are responsible for one vessel each.

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Unifeeder Group to add methanol-capable container feeder duo to European network

Unifeeder Group on Monday (19 February) said it successfully completed a long-term charter agreement for two additional methanol-capable container feeder vessels. 

This follows the agreement for two initial vessels announced in October 2023. 

The latest agreement is in partnership with German-based ship owning group Elbdeich Reederei and Norwegian shipowner MPC Container Ships (MPCC), who are responsible for one vessel each. The 1,250 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) vessels, scheduled for delivery in 2026, will be deployed on Unifeeder’s European network.

The addition of these new vessels reinforces the group’s ongoing efforts to reduce emissions across its network. Simultaneously, Unifeeder is enhancing fuel efficiency throughout the fleet while increasing the utilisation of bio bunker fuels in its conventional vessels.

In alignment with its parent company, DP World, Unifeeder collaborates with industry partners to address the challenge of renewable methanol supply. This requires off-take commitments to establish production at the scale needed to replace conventional fossil fuels within the industry.

Jesper Kristensen, Group CEO of Unifeeder Group, said: “Building upon our commitment to methanol-powered vessels last year, this marks another significant stride towards the green transformation of our fleet and operations.”

“We anticipate the vessels to enter into operation in the next two years, advancing our steadfast commitment to sustainable solutions. We offer our customers alternatives that align with their sustainability journeys while making meaningful progress towards our own ambitious decarbonisation goals.”

The investment in the two new additional ships further supports Unifeeder Group’s decarbonisation plan. Surpassing the industry average, Unifeeder has committed to a 25% reduction of emissions by 2030 and to reach net-zero by 2050 with no new fossil greenhouse gas emissions. 

It aims to achieve this by emphasising fuel-efficient practices, regular maintenance and refitting processes of the existing fleet and fostering a culture of learning and collaboration, sharing best practices across markets to drive effective carbon reduction strategies.

Related: Unifeeder inks time-charter deal for up to four methanol powered vessels

 

Photo credit: Unifeeder Group
Published: 20 February, 2024

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