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Singapore: Equatorial Marine Fuel builds four “new generation” methanol-ready bunker tankers

The four bunker tankers can be powered by net-zero fuels and are scheduled to arrive at the republic across 2024 and 2025. These IMO Type II Chemical and Oil Tankers will be capable of carrying methanol and biofuels (up to B100 blends).

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Singapore bunker supplier Equatorial Marine Fuel Management Services (EMF) confirmed that it will be building two additional 7,999 dwt IMO Type II Chemical and Oil Tankers that will be used as bunker tankers at the Port of Singapore, learned Manifold Times.

Earlier in December 2022, EMF placed an order for two similar newbuildings at Zhejiang Shenzhou Sunshine Heavy Industry Co., Ltd.; the first two units are scheduled for delivery in Q4 2024 while the remaining two will arrive at the republic by Q2 2025.

“We made a calculated decision to build two units followed by another two based on our fleet renewal and replacement program,” said Choong Sheen Mao, Director of EMF.

“While the market share of alternative marine fuels is projected to increase, the CO2 emission factor or greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of such fuels will be even lower than what we are commonly seeing today. Presently, conventional bunker tankers in Singapore are only allowed to carry and deliver biofuel blends of up to 25%. As such, a “new generation” of bunker tankers is required to carry lower-carbon marine fuels such as biofuel (above 25% blends) and green methanol.

“The newbuildings are compatible with net-zero fuels, and can consume pure biodiesel (B100) as their fuel when operating in port. This enables us, as shipowners too, to comply with upcoming environmental regulations. We will also effectively be reducing our customers’ Scope 3 emissions.”

“The time frame for our fleet renewal is ideal as it puts us in a position to be ready to handle lower-carbon fuels while addressing our current tonnage requirements.”

Mr Choong notes the cargo tanks of the bunker tankers are coated with a phenolic epoxy compound. Essentially, the newbuildings are constructed to IMO Type II Chemical and Oil Tanker specifications allowing for the transportation and delivery of methanol and biofuel of up to B100 content in addition to conventional marine fuels.

EMF bunker tanker hull

So Kah Meng, Sustainable Energy Manager of EMF, shares: “We encountered several challenges including meeting the additional technical specifications related to safe methanol bunkering.”

“As such, there must be specialised detectors for methanol fire and suitable types of firefighting apparatus onboard the new bunker tankers. Crew working onboard these vessels will be adequately trained in handling the equipment.

“Our active participation in various methanol study and working groups have allowed us to gain critical knowledge in addressing these key issues.”

According to Mr Choong, EMF anticipates that biofuels and methanol to be increasing their market share in the coming years, hence new supporting infrastructure and services will be required.

“As a leading bunker supplier in Singapore, Equatorial has to be dynamic in making sustainable business decisions for providing different types of marine fuels and decarbonisation solutions,” he said.

“The global order book currently indicates more than 200 methanol-fuelled vessels entering the shipping market; this data has supported our decision to construct a new generation of bunker tankers to deliver methanol and various types of marine fuels.

Moving forward, Mr Choong is confident that Singapore will continue to be a leading maritime and bunkering hub.

“Equatorial has been proactively participating in various types of consortiums, innovative initiatives led by numerous maritime related partners that are driving the development of alternative marine fuel supply chains in Singapore,” he highlights.

“We foresee more alternative marine fuel bunkering trials taking place over the next 2 to 3 years that will continue to place Singapore as the leading bunkering hub for all types of marine fuels.”

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Photo credit: Equatorial Marine Fuel Management Services
Published: 22 November 2023

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Mitsubishi Shipbuilding receives orders for Japan’s first methanol-fuelled RoRo cargo ship duo

Two ships will be built at the Enoura Plant of MHI’s Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Yamaguchi Prefecture, with scheduled completion and delivery by the end of fiscal 2027.

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Mitsubishi Shipbuilding receives orders for Japan's first methanol-fuelled RoRo cargo ship duo

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, on Wednesday (19 June) said it has received orders from Toyofuji Shipping and Fukuju Shipping for Japan's first methanol-fueled roll-on/roll-off (RORO) cargo ships. 

The two ships will be built at the Enoura Plant of MHI's Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Yamaguchi Prefecture, with scheduled completion and delivery by the end of fiscal 2027.

The ships will be approximately 169.9 meters in overall length and 30.2 meters in breadth, with 15,750 gross tonnage, and loading capacity for around 2,300 passenger vehicles.

A windscreen at the bow and a vertical stem are used to reduce propulsion resistance, while fuel efficiency is improved by employing MHI's proprietary energy-saving system technology combing high-efficiency propellers and high-performance rudders with reduced resistance. 

The main engine is a high-performance dual-fuel engine that can use both methanol and A heavy fuel oil, reducing CO2 emissions by more than 10% compared to ships with the same hull and powered by fuel oil, contributing to a reduced environmental impact. 

In the future, the use of green methanol(2) may lead to further reduction in CO2 emissions, including throughout the lifecycle of the fuel. Methanol-fueled RORO ships have already entered into service as ocean-going vessels around the world, but this is the first construction of coastal vessels for service in Japan.

In addition, the significant increase in vehicle loading capacity and transport capacity per voyage compared to conventional vessels will provide greater leeway in the ship allocation schedule, securing more holiday and rest time for the crew, thereby contributing to working style reforms.

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, to address the growing needs from the modal shift in marine transport against the backdrop of CO2 reductions in land transportation, labor shortages, and working style reforms, will continue to work with its business partners to provide solutions for a range of societal issues by building ferries and RORO vessels with excellent fuel efficiency and environmental performance that contribute to stable navigation for customers.

 

Photo credit: Mitsubishi Shipbuilding
Published: 20 June, 2024

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LNG Bunkering

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding launches LNG-fuelled Ro-Ro vessel “Trans Harmony Green”

Ship’s main engine and main generator engine are high-performance dual-fuel engines each accommodating LNG or diesel fuel.

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Mitsubishi Shipbuilding launches LNG-fuelled Ro-Ro vessel “Trans Harmony Green”

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group company based in Yokohama, Friday (7 June) held a christening and launch ceremony for the TRANS HARMONY GREEN, the first of two LNG-powered roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) ships under construction for Toyofuji Shipping Co., Ltd. 

The ceremony took place at the Enoura Plant of MHI's Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Yamaguchi Prefecture. 

The ship's handover is scheduled for late January 2025 following completion of outfitting work and sea trials. The TRANS HARMONY GREEN will serve as a RO/RO vessel on shipping routes in Asia.

Trans Harmony Green vessel

The TRANS HARMONY GREEN is approximately 195 metres in overall length, approximately 30.6 metres in breadth, and has gross tonnage of approximately 49,500. It can simultaneously transport about 3,000 passenger cars. 

The ship's main engine and main generator engine are high-performance dual-fuel engines each accommodating LNG or diesel fuel. 

Together these engines enable a greater than 25% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to ships with the same hull and powered by fuel oil, cutting SOx (sulphur oxides) emissions to near zero, thereby helping to reduce the vessel's environmental footprint.

 

Photo credit: Mitsubishi Shipbuilding
Published: 10 June, 2024

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Ammonia

LR AiP awarded to SDARI for ammonia-fuelled boxship design

Design includes a 73,000 cbm Type C tank ammonia containment system, with the ammonia tank fitted with a dome inside its tank connection space.

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LR AiP awarded to SDARI for ammonia-fuelled boxship design

Classification society Lloyd’s Register on Friday (7 June) said it has awarded Chinese design company Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI) with approval in principle for its ammonia-propelled 8,200 teu containership design.

Working in partnership with Mediterranean Shipping Co and MAN E&S as part of a joint development project, the design includes a 73,000 cbm Type C tank ammonia containment system, with the ammonia tank fitted with a dome inside its tank connection space. 

The design also features the MAN 6G80-C10.5 -LGIA Ammonia Fuelled Engine, which has a high-pressure selective catalytic reduction (HP-SCR) system and it Tier II/Tier III compliant.

Andy McKeran, LR Chief Commercial Officer, LR, said: “As the shipping industry looks more closely at ammonia as a future fuel option to reduce maritime greenhouse gas emissions, this joint development project between LR, SDARI, MSC and MAN E&S showcases the partners’ technical strengths and capability on containership and ammonia fuel designs.”

Mr Li Xin, Vice Director of SDARI, said: “As a leading ship designer in the maritime industry, SDARI has been focusing on low carbon solutions together with our reliable partners.”

“This JDP is an exciting one and offers a practical solution to the community which will help the fleet to reduce carbon emission significantly, and make shipping sustainable and successful.”

 “As always, SDARI will offer a competitive design and be a trustworthy partner to the industry during the journey to net-zero emissions.”

 

Photo credit: Lloyd’s Register
Published: 10 June, 2024

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