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

04 Aug 2022

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

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