Connect with us

Alternative Fuels

Singapore: Eng Hua embarks on inaugural biofuel bunkering operation in company’s 53-year history

‘This biofuel bunker delivery represents a new chapter for Eng Hua as we are now moving with the times towards the era of decarbonisation,’ Mike Sin, Director at Eng Hua, tells bunkering publication Manifold Times.

Admin

Published

on

Straits Brilliance biofuel delivery edited v2

Singapore-based Eng Hua Company (Pte) Limited, an accredited bunker supplier incorporated since 1969, started its first biofuel bunkering operation on Wednesday (3 August) to support trials by ocean-going vessels, learned Manifold Times.

“This biofuel bunker delivery represents a new chapter for Eng Hua as we are now moving with the times towards the era of decarbonisation,” Mike Sin, Director at Eng Hua, told the Singapore bunkering publication in an interview.

“Our company direction is to go green. We are fully aware and supportive of plans by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore to build a sustainable maritime Singapore; hence, this is the start of our inaugural biofuel bunker delivery trial.”

Around or approximate 300 metric tonnes (mt) of B24 material, a blend between renewable Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME) and Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (VLSFO), has been delivered to a receiving vessel via Singapore-flagged bunker tanker Straits Brilliance within the local port limit.

Mr Sin was keen to point out minimal preparation was needed by the bunker tanker for the inaugural biofuel delivery as the vessel was fresh out of drydock maintenance with an entirely clean bunker cargo tank.

“This was the best-case scenario planned for our inaugural operation,” he said.

Further, Mr Sin shared mass flowmeters (MFMs) employed by Singapore’s bunker tankers for fuel measurement can also be used to accurately record the amount of biofuel delivered.

“The MFMs used by Singapore’s bunker tankers have a measurement range of between 30 to 850 cSt. In other words, we do not foresee the Singapore bunkering industry having any problems adapting MFMs for biofuel deliveries.”

Singapore: Eng Hua embarks on inaugural biofuel bunkering operation in company’s 53-year history

Eng Hua currently charters and operates a total of six bunkering vessels [five VLSFO and one marine gas oil (MGO)] and supplies an estimated 110,000 mt of marine fuel at Singapore port per month.

It intends to introduce biofuel material into its product portfolio, and is in the midst of having operations achieve International Sustainability Carbon Certificate (ISCC) standards in anticipation of increased biofuel bunkering operations.

“The ISCC certification process, which we [Eng Hua] have already started application, will take between three to six months,” he noted.

“We already have a line-up of shipowners who are keen to start their own marine biofuel trials.

“To assist our clients, Eng Hua is also looking to work with more partners to secure stable supplies of biofuel cargoes.”

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) in March introduced the Maritime Singapore Decarbonisation Blueprint: Working Towards 2050 document which charts long-term strategies to build a sustainable maritime Singapore.

Developed by MPA in consultation with industry partners, the Blueprint will contribute to Singapore’s commitments under the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, Paris Agreement and the Initial IMO Strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships.

The study highlighted biofuels and liquified natural gas (LNG) to be the likely interim or transitional bunker fuels used in the near term to meet 2030 targets.

“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, LNG, diesel-electric hybrid propulsion, and full electric propulsion,” it states in the blueprint.

Related: MPA blueprint prepares marine fuels sector for multi-fuel bunkering transition
Related: MPA: Singapore bunker tanker fleet expected to run on net zero fuels by 2050
RelatedSingapore: MPA maritime decarbonisation blueprint sets target for bunkering sector
RelatedMPA and partners establish Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation

 

Photo credit: Eng Hua Company
Published: 04 August, 2022

Continue Reading

Bunker Fuel

SMW 2024: Singapore is preparing port for multi-fuel future, says Transport Minister.

‘Our industry has brought in new bunker tankers capable of bunkering higher blends of biofuel and methanol, paving the way for greater emissions reduction for vessels,’ says Chee Hong Tat.

Admin

Published

on

By

SMW 2024: Singapore is preparing port for a multi-fuel future, says Transport Minister.

Singapore has moved decisively to ensure energy and fuel resilience as international shipping looks to alternative fuels to meet global decarbonisation targets, said Singapore’s Minister for Transport Mr Chee Hong Tat on Monday (15 April).

In his speech at the Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) 2024 opening ceremony, he said Singapore is preparing its port for a multi-fuel future.

“Our industry has brought in new bunker tankers capable of bunkering higher blends of biofuel and methanol, paving the way for greater emissions reduction for vessels,” he said.

“MPA has also issued Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the alternative fuels ammonia and methanol over this past year.

“For our ammonia EOI, we have shortlisted six consortiums, and are studying their comprehensive proposals for the supply of ammonia for bunkering and power generation in Singapore.”

Chee added reliability and resilience also mean that Singapore upholds the highest standards for safety, efficiency, and quality. 

“Enterprise Singapore, through the Singapore Standards Council, has been working closely with industry partners to introduce national standards to support the digitalisation of bunkering supply chain documentation, as well as on methanol and ammonia bunkering.”

“As a major maritime and bunkering hub, Singapore is committed to continue serving as a trusted node for international shipping.”

Chee said this when elaborating on Singapore’s focus to grow the republic as a hub for reliable and resilient maritime operations, one of three important areas the republic will prioritise on growing its maritime sector. 

The other two areas are to grow Maritime Singapore as a hub for maritime innovation and as a hub for maritime talent development.

“Looking ahead, we expect some turbulence along the way, but we are confident that the global maritime industry will continue to grow,” Chee said.

“And Singapore as a hub port and International Maritime Centre can benefit from this growth and the opportunities it brings, including in emerging areas like digitalisation and decarbonisation.”

However, Chee warned Singapore shouldn’t take its success for granted and to continue improving productivity and competitiveness while staying relevant to changing requirements to be able to meet the needs of local and international stakeholders. 

“But we must not rest on our laurels, or make the mistake of thinking that these positive outcomes will happen on auto-pilot. A rising tide can indeed lift all boats, but the boat and its crew can only benefit if they are well-prepared when the water level rises,” he said.

Related: SMW2024: 18th Singapore Maritime Week opens with ‘Actions meet Ambition’ theme
Related: SMW 2024: MPA to set up facility for maritime workforce to train in handling new bunker fuels
Related: SMW 2024: Singapore-Rotterdam Green and Digital Shipping Corridor partners to implement first-mover pilot projects
RelatedSMW 2023: EOI for ammonia power generation and bunkering closing by 30 April
Related: Singapore gets its first dedicated methanol bunkering tanker “MT MAPLE”
Related: Singapore: Vitol Bunkers takes delivery of specialised biofuel bunker barge “Marine Future”

 

Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 16 April 2024

Continue Reading

Biofuel

Banle Energy arranges B24 bunkering services for “YM Utility” in Yantian

Transaction supports the first B24 biofuel supply in Shenzhen and Yang Ming’s inaugural B24 biofuel bunkering supply in China, says firm.

Admin

Published

on

By

Banle Energy arranges B24 bunkering services for “YM Utility” in Yantian

Banle Energy International Limited, a subsidiary of CBL International Limited, on Monday (15 April) announced the arrangement of B24 biofuel bunkering services for Yang Ming's vessel YM Utility at a port in Yantian, Shenzhen on 14 April.

“By providing Yang Ming with our B24 biofuel bunkering services, this transaction supports the first B24 biofuel supply in Shenzhen and Yang Ming's inaugural B24 biofuel bunkering supply in China,” the firm in a social media post. 

“As a company actively promoting the use of biofuels, we are making a significant contribution to the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from international shipping.”

“The B24 biofuel blend, as indicated by a study, is projected to reduce approximately 20% of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions when compared with conventional fuel oil.”

As the firm focuses on expanding its operations in Europe, the firm added it will continue to forge strategic partnerships and explore new opportunities to provide efficient and reliable solutions.

 

Photo credit: Banle Energy International Limited
Published: 16 April 2024

Continue Reading

Methanol

Singapore bunker tanker to be equipped with MAN ES DF gensets

MAN Energy Solutions received an order for three MAN 6L21/31DF-M (Dual Fuel-Methanol) GenSets capable of running on methanol for a 7,990 dwt IMO Type II chemical bunker tanker.

Admin

Published

on

By

Singapore bunker tanker to be equipped with MAN ES DF gensets

MAN Energy Solutions (MAN ES) on Monday (15 April) said it has received an order for three MAN 6L21/31DF-M (Dual Fuel-Methanol) GenSets capable of running on methanol in connection with the construction of a 7,990 dwt IMO Type II chemical bunker tanker.

The newbuild will operate at the port of Singapore under charter to deliver marine fuels. The port itself is reported as laying plans for the steady supply of methanol from 2025 onwards in order to meet future, anticipated bunkering requirements for methanol-fuelled vessels. 

The dual-fuel engines will form part of a diesel-electric propulsion system on board the vessel with electrical motors driving twin fixed-pitch propellers via gearboxes; an onboard battery-storage system will optimise the use of the dual-fuelled generators. 

MAN Energy Solutions’ licensee, CMP – an engine-manufacturing division of Chinese State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) – will build the engines in China and the vessel is scheduled for delivery during Q4, 2025.

Bjarne Foldager – Country Manager, Denmark – MAN Energy Solutions, said: “Seeing our trusted MAN L21/31 GenSets go into these ships as a methanol-fuelled version shows that maritime decarbonisation is a prominent consideration for shipowners in all vessel segments and sizes.”

“It also clearly illustrates, regardless of the market one serves as shipowner, that our broad, dual-fuel portfolio enables everyone to take part in the green transition.”

Thomas S. Hansen – Head of Sales and Promotion – MAN Energy Solutions, said: “The MAN L21/31 engine is well-established in the market having racked up some 2,750 sales.”

“The reliability of its cost-effective, port fuel-injection concept now prominently positions the 21/31DF-M as the preferred, medium-speed, small-bore engine for GenSet and diesel-electric propulsion solutions, while also meeting market demands to balance both CAPEX and OPEX.”

“With the shipping market currently experiencing an increased interest in methanol as marine fuel, and orders for methanol-fuelled ships steadily growing as part of many companies’ decarbonisation strategy, we feel that the introduction of this dual-fuel engine is timely.”

 

Photo credit: MAN Energy Solutions
Published: 16 April 2024

Continue Reading
Advertisement
  • Aderco advert 400x330 1
  • SBF2
  • Consort advertisement v2
  • RE 05 Lighthouse GIF
  • EMF banner 400x330 slogan
  • v4Helmsman Gif Banner 01

OUR INDUSTRY PARTNERS

  • 102Meth Logo GIF copy
  • Singfar advertisement final
  • HL 2022 adv v1
  • Triton Bunkering advertisement v2


  • E Marine logo
  • Auramarine 01
  • metcore
  • Central Star logo
  • 300 300
  • Innospec logo v6
  • MFA logo v2
  • CNC Logo Rev Manifold Times
  • Cathay Marine Fuel Oil Trading logo
  • endress
  • Advert Shipping Manifold resized1
  • VPS 2021 advertisement
  • Headway Manifold
  • 400x330 v2 copy

Trending