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Sing Fuels launches Sustainability Desk with hiring Chief Sustainability And Innovation Officer

Sustainability Desk will focus on strong governance and compliance, carbon management services, establish alternative marine fuels trading desk and champion zero carbon bunker fuels, amongst others.

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Singapore-based provider of marine fuel solutions Sing Fuels on Wednesday (8 February) announced the launch of its new Sustainability Desk and the appointment of Chief Sustainability and Innovation Officer, Mr Mahesh Kumar, a renowned advocate in Singapore’s sustainability space. 

The sustainability desk will offer a range of services to help ship owners and operators reduce their environmental impact.

Mr Kumar, most recently led and grew EcoLabs Centre of Innovation for Energy at Nanyang Technological University as an innovation cluster focused on building and accelerating deep-tech energy innovation capabilities in Singapore to support the nation’s future energy transition. 

He was also Programme Director at Energy Research Institute @ NTU championing translation of deeptech sustainable technologies from labs to markets. He is a board-level executive and innovator with a customer-focused approach, incorporating a deep knowledge of the start-up and innovation landscape. He has numerous years of experience in clean energy/sustainability technology translation across multiple industries and has facilitated innovation through multiple early and late-stage companies.

The appointment of the new Chief Sustainability and Innovation Officer demonstrates Sing Fuels’ commitment to sustainability and its efforts to support the maritime industry in meeting its environmental goals. The new executive will lead the development of new and innovative solutions to reduce the environmental impact of shipping.

“We are proud to launch our Sustainability Desk and appoint a Chief Sustainability and Innovation Officer, Mahesh brings a wealth of experience that will help transform our Industry,” said Vikash Dhanuka, CEO of Sing Fuels. “We believe that it is our responsibility to support our customers in reducing their environmental impact, and we are committed to developing innovative solutions that make this possible. Our carbon trading desk is just the first step in our journey towards a more sustainable future for the maritime industry.”

Sing Fuels’ Sustainability Desk will work with customers to understand their sustainability needs and provide them with customised solutions to meet those needs. Sustainability desk will focus on strong governance and compliance, carbon management services, establish alternative fuels trading desk, champion zero carbon fuels, emission reduction technologies, MRV technologies, carbon capture, and sustainable finance & technology investments to enable the energy transition. The Sustainability desk will also spearhead Industry’s efforts to bring more sustainable alternative energy sources into the shipping world in times to come. 

Sing Fuels will further expand its growing portfolio of alternative-energy investments and initiatives as part of its sustainability efforts. The company continues to grow its partnership and investments in early-stage companies V-flow Tech, the premier Vanadium-based clean energy storage solutions in the world. Sing Fuels has engaged with V-Flow tech in a Proof-of-concept effort powering up multiple villages in Africa, where energy and its continued availability have been scarce. 

“Our goal is to help the maritime industry reduce its environmental impact and make shipping more sustainable,” said Mahesh Kumar, Chief Sustainability and Innovation Officer of Sing Fuels. “We are excited to be at the forefront of this effort and look forward to working with our customers to achieve this goal.”

 

Photo credit: Sing Fuels
Published: 8 February, 2023

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Singapore: EPS orders ammonia, LNG dual-fuel vessels from China

EPS signed one contract for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International.

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Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Wednesday (28 February) said it signed two new contract orders in a signing ceremony in Shanghai, one for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International. 

The contracts signed cover four 210,000 dwt ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers and two 111,000 dwt LNG dual-fuel LR2 oil tankers, expanding our fleet of green vessels on water. 

“These are pivotal for EPS, testament to our continued commitment towards the decarbonisation of shipping,” EPS said in a social media post.

Manifold Times recently reported EPS signing 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.

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

 

Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 1 March 2024

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LNG Bunkering

Malaysia: Port of Tanjung Pelepas completes first LNG bunkering operation

Landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs containership operated by French shipping giant CMA CGM.

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Editor's note: The following article was edited on 4 March 2023 to correct PTP press release's description of CMA CGM Monaco.

Port of Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd (PTP), a joint venture between MMC Group and APM Terminals, on Wednesday (28 February) announced a significant milestone with the successful completion of its first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering operation. 

The landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) capacity containership a 2024-built vehicle carrier operated by French shipping giant, CMA CGM.

Tan Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, Chairman of PTP in a statement remarked this latest milestone demonstrates PTP’s commitment to continuously enhance its competitive advantages in an increasingly competitive global market.

“The successful completion of our first LNG bunkering operation also underscores our unwavering commitment to sustainability and environmental leadership. We are proud to partner with Petronas Trading Corporation Sendirian Berhad (PETCO) and CMA CGM on this initiative and showcase PTP’s capabilities as a leading facilitator of clean and efficient maritime operations.”

“This milestone paves the way for further growth in LNG bunkering at PTP, contributing significantly to the decarbonisation of the maritime industry.”

Commenting on this achievement, Mark Hardiman, Chief Executive Officer of PTP stated this latest milestone further highlights PTP’s position as the largest transshipment hub terminal in Malaysia.

“In preparation for the LNG bunkering operation, PTP worked closely since March 2022 with PETCO and CMA CGM, as well as with various other related government agencies to organise table-top exercises (TTX) and workshops, before carrying out the deployment exercise.”

“The success of the bunkering operation is a result of the seamless collaboration and preparations involving rigorous safety procedures through in-depth operational and risk assessments, modelling, and validation. We thank PETCO, CMA CGM all other involved parties for their joint efforts in operationalising the bunkering capability and we welcome partners to work with us to accelerate maritime decarbonisation,” said Hardiman.

Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) is Malaysia’s largest transshipment hub with the capacity to handle 13 million TEUs annually. The port delivers reliable, efficient, and advanced services to major shipping lines and box operators, providing shippers in Malaysia and abroad with extensive connectivity to the global market. PTP is currently ranked 15th among the world top container ports.

 

Photo credit: Port of Tanjung Pelepas
Published: 1 March 2024

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Wallenius Wilhelmsen to order four additional methanol DF PCTCs

Newbuilds will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.

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Wallenius Wilhelmsen PCTC order

Roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen on Tuesday (27 February) declared options to build four additional next-generation Shaper Class pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) vessels.

The 9,300 CEU methanol dual fuel vessels can utilise alternative fuel sources, such as methanol, upon delivery. They will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.

“Together with our customers we are committed to further shaping our industry and accelerating towards net zero. These new vessels are a vital part of that journey,” says Xavier Leroi, EVP & COO Shipping Services.

This latest commitment brings the total number of Shaper Class vessels currently on order with Jinling Shipyard (Jiangsu) to eight. Wallenius Wilhelmsen also retains further options.

The first of the Shaper Class vessels already ordered are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2026. The four additional vessels under the declared options will be delivered between May and November 2027.

 

Photo credit: Wallenius Wilhelmsen
Published: 1 March 2024

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