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PS Energy wins runner-up position in Singapore E50 awards, shares bunker expansion plans

Plans acquisition of additional bunker barges of between 150 dwt to 2,000 dwt capacity by end 2024; securing a waterfront site for construction of a sustainable fuels blending facility.

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Sean Chua receives E50 award

Singapore-based last mile fuel distribution company PS Energy Group, the parent of local inland, coastal, and marine bunkering units PS Energy Pte Ltd and CNC Petroleum Pte Ltd, on Tuesday (21 November) received the runner-up position at the Singapore Enterprise 50 (E50) awards.

“We are grateful for the recognition by the awards committee and would like to thank partners and our staff for making this possible,” Sean Chua, Managing Director of PS Energy, told Manifold Times.

“As we celebrate this milestone, we are taking stock of the valuable insights we gleaned from our journey thus far and leverage this knowledge to propel our growth initiatives.”

According to Chua, the bunkering sector is amongst core businesses of PS Energy. The firm, which is planning to become a producer of sustainable fuels in Singapore, will be undertaking a bunkering expansion plan for the coming year.

“We currently operate four bunker tankers namely Davina, CNC 5, Garene 1 and Garene 2 and are planning to acquire additional marine fuel delivery vessels of between 150 dwt to 2,000 dwt capacity by the end of 2024 to fulfil different distribution channels for our growing marine gas oil (MGO) delivery business,” he said.

“These smaller vessels will enable PS Energy to champion quicker deliveries and turnarounds for customers requiring prompt MGO supplies. We want to be the first name in this sphere.”

Sean Chua and team

Chua further shared PS Energy will be securing a waterfront site in 2024 and plans the construction of a sustainable fuels blending facility within the next three years.

“This High-Mix Low-Volume facility for biodiesel and renewable diesel will be designed to produce several small MGO parcels with customized treat rates such as B20, B30 for biodiesel, or between R30 to R50 for renewable diesel, that we can offer as bunker fuel to shipowners,” he explained.

“The facility will be able to assist in Singapore’s domestic harbour craft decarbonisation plans as by 2030 the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) aims to reduce absolute emissions from the local fleet by 15% from 2021 levels.”

Chua was keen to inform on PS Energy’s digitalisation efforts which believes will be key in helping expand the business footprint to the Philippines.

"To support our expansion efforts, we have successfully implemented a comprehensive digital platform that encompasses modules for sales, price checking, deliveries, inventories, CRM, customer support, and more. This integrated system has been deployed across our entire organization," he explained.

“This will also be our advantage to help expand our bunkering business, especially with the introduction of electronic bunker delivery notes (e-BDN) round the corner.”

Meanwhile, this is the second time PS Energy Group clinched the E50 Awards, marking an impressive advancement. The company ascended from forty-second place last year to an outstanding second place in 2023.

The E50 Awards, first established in 1995, recognises local, privately-held companies who have contributed to economic development in Singapore and abroad.

It is jointly organised by The Business Times and KPMG, and supported by Enterprise Singapore, Singapore Business Federation and Singapore Exchange. The E50 Awards is sponsored by OCBC Bank.

Manifold Times in early October reported PS Energy introducing a fresh brand identity and a company office move to the JTC Summit in Singapore. 

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Photo credit: PS Energy Group
Published: 23 November 2023

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Wind-assisted

Singapore: EPS orders its first wind-assisted propulsion system for tanker

Firm signed a contract for its first ever wind-assisted propulsion system, partnering with bound4blue to install three 22-metre eSAILs® onboard “Pacific Sentinel”.

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Singapore: EPS orders its first wind-assisted propulsion system for tanker

Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Thursday (22 February) said it signed a contract for its first ever wind-assisted propulsion system, partnering with bound4blue to install three 22-metre eSAILs® onboard the Pacific Sentinel

The turnkey ‘suction sail’ technology, which drags air across an aerodynamic surface to generate exceptional propulsive efficiency, will be fitted later this year, helping the 183-metre, 50,000 DWT oil and chemical tanker reduce overall energy consumption by approximately 10%, depending on vessel routing.

Suitable for both newbuilds and retrofit projects, the system delivers energy efficiency and cost savings for a broad range of vessels, regardless of their size and age.

Singapore: EPS orders its first wind-assisted propulsion system for tanker

José Miguel Bermudez, CEO and co-founder at bound4blue, said: “Signing an agreement with an industry player of the scale and reputation of EPS not only highlights the growing recognition of wind-assisted propulsion as a vital solution for maximising both environmental and commercial benefits, but also underscores the confidence industry leaders have in our proven technology.”

“It’s exciting to secure our first contract in Singapore, particularly with EPS, a company known for both its business success and its environmental commitment.”

“We see the company as a role model for shipping in that respect. As such this is a milestone development, one that we hope will pave the way for future installations across EPS’ fleet, further solidifying our presence in the region.”

Cyril Ducau, Chief Executive Officer at EPS, said: “EPS is committed to exploring and implementing innovative solutions that improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions across our fleet.” 

“Over the past six years, our investments in projects including dual fuel vessels, carbon capture, biofuels, voyage optimisation technology and more have allowed us to reduce our emissions intensity by 30% and achieve an Annual Efficiency Ratio (AER) of 3.6 CO2g/dwt-mile in 2023, outperforming our emission intensity targets ahead of schedule. The addition of the bound4blue groundbreaking wind assisted propulsion will enhance our efforts on this path to decarbonise.”

“With this project, we are confident that the emission reductions gained through eSAILs® on Pacific Sentinel will help us better evaluate the GHG reduction potential of wind assisted propulsion on our fleet in the long run.”

Pacific Sentinel will achieve a ‘wind assisted’ notation from class society ABS once the eSAILs® are installed. 

 

Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 23 February, 2024

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Vietnam: Two ships seized over 170,000 litres of unknown origin diesel oil

Vietnam Coast Guard said vessels were transporting various quantities of oil cargo: KG-91487- DR was transporting about 145,000 litres and KG-91602-TS transported about 25,000 litres.

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Vietnam: Two ships seized over 170,000 litres of unknown origin diesel oil

The Vietnam Coast Guard on Tuesday (20 February) said it seized a total of about 170,000 litres of unknown origin diesel oil in an operation. 

Patrol boats belonging to Coast Guard Region 4 Command detected two fishing boats – KG-91487- DR and KG-91602-TS – displaying several suspicious signs.

Initial investigations found all vessels without invoices and documents proving legal origin of the oil material.

The vessels were transporting various quantities of oil material: KG-91487- DR was transporting about 145,000 litres and KG-91602-TS transported about 25,000 litres.

The authorities made records of administrative violations,and escorted the vessels to Fleet Port 422 in Phú Quốc city, Kiên Giang province for further investigations and handling in accordance with the law.

 

Photo credit: Vietnam Coast Guard
Published: 23 February, 2024

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LNG Bunkering

Galveston LNG Bunker Port joins SEA-LNG coalition

SEA-LNG said move will further enhance its LNG supply infrastructure expertise and global reach, while giving GLBP access to the latest LNG pathway research and networking opportunities.

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Galveston LNG Bunker Port joins SEA-LNG coalition

Galveston LNG Bunker Port (GLBP), a joint-venture between Seapath Group, one of the maritime subsidiaries of the Libra Group, and Pilot LNG, LLC (Pilot), a Houston-based clean energy solutions company, has joined SEA-LNG, according to the latter on Wednesday (21 February). 

SEA-LNG said the move will further enhance its LNG supply infrastructure expertise and global reach, while giving GLBP access to the latest LNG pathway research and networking opportunities.

GLBP was announced in September 2023 and will develop, construct and operate the US Gulf Coast’s first dedicated facility supporting the fuelling of LNG-powered vessels, expected to be operational late-2026.

The shore-based LNG liquefaction facility will be located on Shoal Point in Texas City, part of the greater Houston-Galveston port complex, one of the busiest ports in the USA. This is a strategic location for cruise ship LNG bunkering in US waters, as well as for international ship-to-ship bunkering and cool-down services. GLBP will offer cost-effective turn-key LNG supply solutions to meet growing demand for the cleaner fuel in the USA and Gulf of Mexico.

Jonathan Cook, Pilot CEO, said: “With an initial investment of approximately $180 million, our LNG bunkering facility will supply a vital global and U.S. trade corridor with cleaner marine fuel. We recognise that SEA-LNG is a leading partner and a key piece of the LNG bunkering sector, and will give us access to insights and expertise across the entire LNG supply chain.

“LNG supports environmental goals and human health by offering ship operators immediate reductions in CO2 emissions and virtually eliminating harmful local emissions of sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter.”

President of Seapath, Joshua Lubarsky, said: “We are very pleased to be supporting the decarbonization of the maritime industry through strategic, and much needed, investments into the supply of alternative fuels.  We are also happy to be a part of SEA-LNG which has done a wonderful job in advocating for advancements in technology in this vital sector.”

Chairman of SEA-LNG Peter Keller, said: “We’re proud to welcome another leading LNG supplier to the coalition and are looking forward to a mutually beneficial relationship. With every investment in supply infrastructure in the US and worldwide, the LNG pathway’s head start increases. Global availability, alongside bio-LNG and e-LNG development, makes LNG the practical and realistic route to maritime decarbonisation.

“All alternative fuels exist on a pathway from grey, fossil-based fuels to green, bio or renewable fuels. Green fuels represent a scarce resource and many have scalability issues, so we must start our net-zero journey today with grey fuels. LNG is the only grey fuel that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, well-to-wake, so you need less green fuel than alternatives to improve emissions performance.”

 

Photo credit: SEA-LNG
Published: 23 February, 2024

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