Singapore shipyard owner and operator Sembcorp Marine on Monday (25 February) said it has secured a project comprising the design and construction of a 12,000-cubic-metre (cbm) LNG bunker vessel.
To be constructed at Sembcorp Marine Tuas Boulevard Yard for Indah Singa Maritime Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), the 112m long and 22m wide LNG bunker vessel will have two GTT Mark III Flex membrane tanks with a combined 12,000cbm capacity.
Sembcorp Marine will fabricate the vessel’s unique membrane tanks under a licensing agreement with French LNG containment specialist GTT.
Upon its completion in early 2021, the dual-fuel vessel (running on LNG or marine diesel oil) will be chartered to Pavilion Gas Pte Ltd for deployment in Singapore. Pavilion Gas is a subsidiary of Pavilion Energy Pte Ltd.
The vessel will be the largest of its kind to be built locally, in terms of size and LNG tank capacity. It is also Sembcorp Marine’s first LNG bunker vessel construction project.
“MOL’s bunker vessel is our very first construction of this particular ship type. We are proud to say that it will also be the largest of its kind built in Singapore,” said Sembcorp Marine President & CEO Wong Weng Sun.
“The ship to be built for MOL is from our series of proprietary LNG bunker vessel designs that cater for different capacities.
“By marrying our design and construction expertise with the unique GTT Mark III Flex membrane tanks that the MOL vessel will have, we believe the outcome will be an outstanding newbuild that not only delivers optimal technical performance, but also contributes to the expected standard of LNG bunkering operations in Singapore.
“With strong support coming from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the efforts of Pavilion Energy, TOTAL and MOL in establishing an LNG bunker supply chain in Singapore will strengthen the country’s status as a premier ship refuelling destination.
“This is especially with the growing trend towards LNG-powered commercial ships like container carriers.
“Sembcorp Marine stands ready to support the market with our LNG bunker vessel and LNG-powered ship designs, as well as other gas value chain solutions.”
Photo credit: Sembcorp Marine
Published: 25 February, 2019
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