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MPA Maritime Singapore Green Initiative to include LNG marine fuel

11 Nov 2019

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Friday (8 November) announced several new initiatives at the Singapore Registry of Ships Forum 2019 under a theme “2020 & Beyond”.

Among initiatives is the enhancement of its Maritime Singapore Green Initiative with a new focus on decarbonisation.

Under the enhanced MSGI, new carbon emissions-related incentives will replace existing sulphur emissions-related initiatives in the Green Ship Programme and Green Port Programme.

The Green Ship Programme will also have a new incentive to encourage adoption of engines using alternative fuels with lower carbon content such as liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The Green Port Programme will introduce new incentives for the use of LNG bunker during port stay and for ships exceeding IMO’s Energy Efficiency Design Index requirements.

Altogether, the MSGI programmes will be extended for another five years to 31 December 2024.

“The MSGI will have a new incentive to encourage adoption of LNG. LNG is a cleaner and greener fuel than existing available options and is the only viable solution at scale for the shipping industry for now,” said Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive, MPA at the event.

“Singapore is also LNG bunkering ready. MPA expects our two LNG bunker tankers to facilitate ship-to-ship LNG bunkering for ocean going vessels from 3Q2020 onwards. Our two LNG bunker supplier licenses, FueLNG and Pavilion, have performed more than 150 truck-to-ship LNG bunkering operations. Singapore also performed the first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering of Sleipnir at Sembcorp Marine earlier this July.

“We are excited about the developments in LNG bunkering and will continue to work with partners to develop our ecosystem and infrastructure to position ourselves as a key LNG bunkering hub for the region and the world. We expect more LNG vessels to call on our Port. We are preparing for the first simultaneous operations for LNG bunkering and cargo operations next year.”

Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 11 November, 2019


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