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Singapore: Equatorial Marine Fuel launches sustainable energy business unit, commits towards multi-fuel future

“Strategic planning for decarbonisation has been complex. Existing experience, expertise and networks will be critical to transit to low- and zero-carbon marine fuels bunkering,” EMF Director tells Manifold Times.

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Singapore bunker supplier Equatorial Marine Fuel Management Services Pte Ltd (EMF) has launched a sustainable energy business unit to support maritime decarbonisation, learned bunkering publication Manifold Times.

“The Sustainable Energy business unit started in July 2023 and we created this dedicated business unit to show our commitment towards a sustainable future,” explained Choong Zhen Mao, Executive Director of EMF, on Thursday (31 August).

“While EMF has already been actively participating in the maritime decarbonisation space for the past number of years, such is the complexities of maritime decarbonisation that we recognised the need for a more professional, systematic and sustainable approach to develop this new area of business.”

According to Mr Choong, the unit’s primary functions are to drive the company towards maritime decarbonisation through the provision of research and development support for deeper understanding of the technical and commercial viability of alternate marine fuels and other related projects.

“The new unit will plan and manage the development of EMF’s existing and new low- and zero-carbon marine fuels and sustainability projects and businesses,” he shared.

“This includes supporting and advising on the company’s various business units on decarbonisation regulations and requirements while engaging the wider maritime industry, institutes of higher learning, research agencies and technology firms for their insights.”

So Kah Meng, EMF’s Sustainable Energy Manager, was positive towards the adoption of biofuel and methanol as a marine fuel in the coming years.

“While there are several alternative fuels that are developing, EMF sees the main alternate marine fuels in the next few years to be LNG, biofuel and methanol,” he stated.

“This is, of course, subject to international regulatory changes. We have already seen IMO’s approval of the usage of certified sustainable biofuels to improve a ship’s CII rating, whereas the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) will be extended to maritime transport from 2024. It should not go unnoticed that the IMO will finalise a pricing mechanism, that will be enforced on maritime emissions, by 2025.

“Biofuel is a proven drop-in fuel. Methanol is increasingly gaining popularity and there are a good number of deliveries of dual fuel vessels that are methanol-ready from 2024 onwards.

“We are also looking at non-conventional options for our clients to be able to bind carbon credits with the fuels supplied, thereby providing a carbon neutral solution.”

The prospect of supporting ammonia and hydrogen as a bunker fuel has also been within the scope of EMF’s research.

“We have invested in studying ammonia as a marine fuel and kept in close contact with the various classification societies and relevant institutions to understand the fuel in relation to existing and future technologies,” added Mr Choong.

“As a leading bunker supplier in Singapore, we will have to be nimble and progressive in our business model to be able to provide different types of bunker fuels and decarbonisation solutions.”

In 2022, Equatorial was ranked by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore as the largest bunker supplier by volume in Singapore.

Related: Singapore: Equatorial Marine Fuel conducts carbon credit trial with Carbon Management Solutions
RelatedEquatorial Marine Fuel links one third of bunker tanker fleet to SGTraDex in push towards trust & transparency
RelatedSingapore: Equatorial Marine Fuel unveils OTT (Online Tracking Tool) to enhance bunker deliveries

 

Photo credit: Equatorial Marine Fuel Management Services
Published: 5 September, 2023

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Newbuilding

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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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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Alternative Fuels

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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