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Sinanju, Mitsui AP orders LNG dual-fuel bunkering tanker from Keppel

09 Apr 2018

Singapore-based bunkering firm Sinanju Tankers Holdings (Sinanju) on Monday (26 March) placed an order for a dual-fuel bunkering tanker through project partner Mitsui & Co. (Asia Pacific) (Mitsui AP), the Singapore subsidiary of Japan-based trading and investment firm Mitsui & Co.

The contract will be carried out by Keppel Offshore & Marine's (Keppel O&M) subsidiary Keppel Singmarine, which will be building the 7,990 dwt vessel for delivery scheduled in the second half of 2019.

The pioneering vessel, Singapore’s first, will be powered mainly by liquefied natural gas (LNG) to deliver marine fuels to ocean-going vessels within local port limits.

The 103-metre long 19-m wide dual-fuel bunker tanker is classed by Bureau Veritas (BV). It is equipped with a 55m3 LNG tank with a fuel gas supply system on deck to supply gas to the engine, and fitted with pipelines and tanks to carry multiple grades of cargo marine fuel.

“Sinanju aims to kick start a green initiative for bunker tankers operating in Singapore; for our vessels to emit less air pollutants while boosting the local use of LNG as a bunker fuel,” says Ju Kai Meng, Managing Director of Sinanju Tankers Holdings.

The Managing Director (Gas & Specialised Vessels), Keppel O&M is pleased to enter the partnership with Sinanju and Mitsui AP.

“The dual-fuel bunker tanker will be the third vessel to be built by Keppel Singmarine under the MPA LNG bunkering pilot programme and the seventh dual-fuel vessel built by Keppel O&M, extending our track record in LNG-fuelled vessels,” notes Abu Bakar.

“With solutions across the LNG value chain, Keppel O&M is in a strong position to capture opportunities as the industry adopts greener solutions.”

The CEO of Mitsui AP shared that is he honoured and delighted to work with Sinanju and Keppel O&M on Singapore’s very first dual-fuel bunker tanker project.

“Singapore as the world’s largest bunkering hub is initiating to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by boosting the use of LNG as a marine fuel, and we, as a company which has been serving the LNG industry for decades, would like to contribute further to Singapore’s green initiative,” says Taku Morimoto.

Sinanju appointed Singapore-based ship design and consultancy firm SeaTech Solutions International to design the dual-fuel bunker tanker.

“We have built up strong capabilities and knowhow in LNG systems and this forms the basis for our innovative ship designs with LNG propulsion. And also cost effective solutions for LNG bunkering, in line with Singapore’s aim to be LNG bunker-ready by 2020,” notes Prabjot Singh Chopra, Vice President – Technology at SeaTech.

“We are honoured to be entrusted by our valued client Sinanju, to design Singapore’s first LNG-fuelled bunkering vessel. We are looking forward to further collaborations in this exciting era of LNG bunkering at the Republic.”

The ship is designed to comply with the latest EEDI and MLC regulations, along with OCIMF, ISGOTT and at standards to comply with oil majors’ requirements in marine safety.

Photo credit: Sinanju Tankers Holdings
Published: 9 April, 2018

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