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Singapore: Golden Island begins fleetwide B30 biofuel bunker trial, starts tests with “Double Happiness”

‘Golden Island is amongst the first in the Singapore bunkering market to test B30 product for its own bunker tanker,’ states Tomohiro Yamano, General Manager, Marine Fuel Department at Golden Island.

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Golden Island Double Happiness loading B30

Singapore bunker supplier Golden Island Diesel Oil Trading Pte Ltd (Golden Island) on 13 April supplied B30 biofuel to Double Happiness, a 4,700 metric tonne (mt) capacity bunker tanker operated by the company, as part of preparations for IMO 2030/2050.

“The Double Happiness received about 23 mt of B30 gasoil in a truck-to-ship delivery operation at Tanjung Langsat, Malaysia,” Tomohiro Yamano, General Manager, Marine Fuel Department at Golden Island told bunkering publication Manifold Times.

“We wanted to confirm claims by the engine maker that our powerplant is compatible with B30 biofuel and decided to carry out this trial to verify its performance.

“While B24 grade biofuel trials are common, we believe Golden Island to be amongst the first in the Singapore bunkering sector to test B30 product for its own bunker tanker.”

According to Yamano, Golden Island is planning to expand the B30 biofuel trial to its remaining fleet; the company operates a total of nine vessels comprising of marine fuel, oily waste disposal, and freshwater supply vessels.

“The B30 biofuel trial for the entire fleet will be a temporary one-off affair as the ships will return to consume marine gas oil (MGO) after tests,” informed Yamano who added the company is planning to conduct future loadings of B30 biofuel from Singapore port to support trials.

“IMO 2030/2050 is coming and the MPA (Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore) has published the Maritime Singapore Decarbonisation Blueprint clearly identifying carbon reduction targets for the local bunkering sector.”

The document, amongst others, requires all Singapore domestic harbour craft to achieve 15% reduction in absolute emissions from 2021 levels by 2023, and a 50% reduction in absolute emissions from 2030 levels by 2050.

MPA in early March published a factsheetStrengthening Singapore’s Competitiveness as a Hub Port and International Maritime Centre’ which included local schemes on reducing carbon emissions.

“We are also aware MPA has prepared a provisional national standard on specifications of marine biofuel (WA 2:2022) to allow local bunker suppliers to supply biofuel within the Port of Singapore,” stated Yamano.

“We are simply preparing for the future.”

Manifold Times in February reported Golden Island planning to start bonded methanol bunkering operations at the republic from 2026.

Related: MPA maritime decarbonisation blueprint sets target for bunkering sector
Related: MPA factsheet outlines local schemes on reducing carbon emissions
Related: MPA develops framework to support biofuel bunker fuel deliveries
Related: Golden Island Diesel Oil Trading to start methanol bunkering operations at republic by 2026

 

Photo credit: Golden Island Diesel Oil Trading
Published: 27 April, 2023

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Ammonia

Singapore: EMA, MPA shortlist two consortia for ammonia power generation and bunkering

Chosen consortia are Keppel’s Infrastructure Division and Sembcorp-SLNG, and the bunkering players in these consortia are Itochu Corporation, NYK Line and Sumitomo Corporation.

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The Energy Market Authority (EMA) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Thursday (25 July) said they have shortlisted two consortia that will proceed to the next round of evaluations of proposals to provide a low- or zero-carbon ammonia solution on Jurong Island for power generation and bunkering. 

The two consortia were selected from a total of six that were earlier shortlisted in 2023 to participate in a restricted Request for Proposal (RFP), following an Expression of Interest (EOI) called in 2022. The bids were assessed based on the technical, safety and commercial aspects of their proposals. 

The two consortium leads are Keppel’s Infrastructure Division and Sembcorp-SLNG, and the bunkering players in these consortia are Itochu Corporation, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) and Sumitomo Corporation. The two consortia will proceed to conduct engineering, safety and emergency response studies for the proposed Project.

At the next phase, we will select one of the two bidders as the lead developer of the project. The lead developer will develop the end-to-end ammonia solution comprising (i) generating 55 to 65 MW of electricity from imported low- or zero-carbon ammonia via direct combustion in a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine; and (ii) facilitating ammonia bunkering at a capacity of at least 0.1 million tons per annum (MTPA), starting with shore-to-ship bunkering followed by ship-to-ship bunkering. 

Given the nascency of the technology and global supply chains, the Government will work closely with the appointed lead developer to implement the Project. We aim to announce the lead developer by Q1 2025.

The project is part of Singapore’s National Hydrogen Strategy launched in 2022, which outlines Singapore’s approach to develop low-carbon hydrogen as a major decarbonisation pathway as part of the nation’s commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

A key thrust of this strategy is to experiment with the use of advanced hydrogen technologies that are on the cusp of commercial readiness. Ammonia is currently one of the most technologically-ready hydrogen carriers with an established international supply chain for industrial use.

“If successful, the project will position Singapore as one of the first countries in the world to deploy a direct ammonia combustion power plant and support the development of ammonia bunkering for international shipping, EMA and MPA said.

“This will help to unlock the potential of low-carbon ammonia as a low-carbon fuel.”

 

Photo credit: Manifold Times
Published: 25 July 2024

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LNG Bunkering

China: River-sea LNG bunkering vessel named and delivered in Shanghai

The 14,000 cubic metre ship, “Huaihe Nengyuan Qihang”, was independently developed, designed and built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) for Huaihe Energy Holding Group.

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China: River-sea LNG bunkering vessel named and delivered in Shanghai

China’s river-to-sea LNG bunkering vessel, which was built locally, was named and delivered in Shanghai on Monday (19 July), according to the Shanghai Association of Shipbuilding Industry (SASIC). 

The 14,000 cubic metre (cbm) ship, Huaihe Nengyuan Qihang, was independently developed, designed and built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd for Huaihe Energy Holding Group as part of China’s "Gasification of the Yangtze River” project.

The ship is capable of travelling through the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge all year round and has been dubbed a “Customised Yangtze River” LNG refuelling and transportation ship.

The ship is equipped with the B-type LNG containment system independently developed by Hudong-Zhonghua and authorised by a national patent.

According to SASIC, this was the first time such a system has been applied to a domestic LNG  refuelling and transportation ship, marking a major breakthrough in the B-type LNG containment system developed by China with independent intellectual property rights.

Related: China’s first river-sea LNG bunkering ship completes inaugural bunkering operation

Disclaimer: The above article published by Manifold Times was sourced from China’s domestic market through a local correspondent. While considerable efforts have been taken to verify its accuracy through a professional translator and processed from sources believed to be reliable, no warranty is made regarding the accuracy, completeness and reliability of any information.

 

Photo credit: Shanghai Shipbuilding Industry Association
Published: 25 July 2024

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Newbuilding

Singapore: EPS takes delivery of LNG dual-fuel bulker “Mount Ossa”

Firm said said the last vessel in its series of six 210,000 dwt DF LNG Newcastlemaxes chartered to Rio Tinto, was successfully delivered by New Times Shipbuilding.

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Singapore: EPS takes delivery of LNG dual-fuel bulker “Mount Ossa”

Singapore-based shipping firm Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Wednesday (24 July) said the last vessel in its series of six 210,000 dwt dual-fuel LNG Newcastlemaxes chartered to Rio Tinto, was successfully delivered.

The delivery of Mount Ossa marked the 21st vessel being delivered by New Times Shipbuilding to EPS.

“Despite global challenges, Rio Tinto and EPS have shown unparalleled resilience and a strong commitment to decarbonize shipping,” it said in a social media post.

“Over the past three years, these LNG-powered vessels have proven to be a sustainable choice, emitting 30% less than their conventional counterparts. We have successfully completed over 200 LNG bunkering operations, significantly reducing emissions across our fleet.”

“We celebrate our strong partnership with New Times Shipbuilding on this 21st milestone delivery to the EPS fleet, grateful to have 43 world-class vessels built and delivered, including those on order from New Times, which means we are only halfway through our esteemed collaboration.”

 

Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 25 July 2024

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