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Singapore bunker tanker operators to rethink operations on MPA 2030 environmental deadline, says GCMD expert

‘It makes absolute sense for Singapore to secure an early seat within the green economy in order to ready itself as a node for the green shipping corridor,’ says Dr Sanjay C. Kuttan, GCMD CTO, tells Manifold Times.




Sanjay Kuttan

Singapore bunker tankers will likely be using a different type of marine fuel for supporting their operations about eight years from now when the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)’s environmental deadline of 2030 takes effect.

By 2030, MPA aims to reduce absolute emissions from the domestic harbour craft fleet by 15% from 2021 levels through the adoption of lower-carbon energy solutions such as blended biofuel, liquefied natural gas (LNG), diesel-electric hybrid propulsion, and full-electric propulsion.

Dr Sanjay C. Kuttan, Chief Technology Officer at the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD), recommends Singapore bunker tanker operators to evaluate the load profile of their vessels before deciding on which low carbon energy solution to choose.

“Though electrification will be the easiest route towards decarbonisation, bunker tanker operators need to be practical and consider how much cargo the vessel will transport, their operating speed and distance when delivering marine fuel to receiving ships,” he told Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times on the side lines of Asia Pacific Maritime (APM) 2022.

“Also, consideration will be need to be placed on the type of cargo carried and idle time for recharging before deciding on whether a hybrid or full electrical solution will be applicable. It really depends on the age, design and operating conditions of the bunker tanker – not forgetting commercial viability.

“If the age of their vessels restricts retrofitting decisions players can also explore implementing minimally a B15 blend of biofuel mixed with their current fuel consumption to meet MPA’s 2030 requirements.”

Shape Up or Ship Out by 2030

The Singapore bunkering sector will definitely be taking steps to comply with MPA’s environmental target by 2030, affirms Dr Kuttan.

“The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is responsible for overseeing developments made towards international shipping but harbourcraft specifically sits outside its control. Every state can set their targets for the transition to happen and in this case MPA has already set the limit for Singapore’s local shipping and bunkering sector,” he explains.

“Once the government places a compliance target it forces everyone to start rethinking what needs to be done. As such, local compliance is going to force everyone in the bunkering sector to either clean up or lose their license-to-operate.”

Furthermore, Dr Kuttan notes it will be a better decision for marine fuels players to remain relevant in the future green economy due to expected sustainability requirements from clients.

“Future market forces may dictate a scenario when clients start asking for accountability of the total carbon footprint for services rendered. If this is the case, players within the supply chain, including bunkering firms, may need to meet certain standards of a carbon audit or lose their clients,” he says.

“As such, it makes absolute sense for Maritime Singapore to secure an early seat within the green economy to establish itself as a key node within future green shipping corridors.”

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Photo credit: Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation
Published: 23 March, 2022

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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.






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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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.






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 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.





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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