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Singapore: LNG bunkering course included in Enhanced Training Support Package

From 5 Oct 2020 to 30 Jun 2021, maritime employers who send employees for selected sector-specific training will receive 90% subsidy from course fees.

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The Enhanced Training Support Package (ETSP) to the marine & offshore sector, an initiative under SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), will extend enhanced course fee support for liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering.

From 5 October 2020 to 30 June 2021, marine & offshore employers who send their employees for selected sector-specific training programmes will receive enhanced course fee support at 90% of course fees. This is on top of the enhanced absentee payroll that has been extended to all sectors from 1 May 2020. 

ETSP will encourage maritime companies to upskill their employees in the current downtime and position themselves for subsequent recovery and growth, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat during its launch on Monday (5 October).

For a start, SSG is partnering with the National University of Singapore, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and NTUC LearningHub to offer a total 38 courses for the sector including electrical power engineering and shipyard safety.

The range of training courses also covers emerging skills such as automation and robotics, cyber security and digital transformation.

SSG and EDB have been working closely with stakeholders such as marine & offshore companies, and the Association of Singapore Marine Industries (ASMI) to understand the sector’s training needs, and to put together these measures to upskill the employees and help the sector recover. 

“Through strong cooperation between the Government and the Association, the Marine & Offshore Engineering community is grateful for the reliefs and grants given till date, to help companies tide over this difficult time and adapt to a new normalcy moving forward,” said Simon Kuik, President of ASMI.

“The extension of the enhanced course fee support to the sector comes as a timely support to facilitate the transformation of the industry.

“Through the reskilling and upskilling of our core talent pool of workers, we hope that they will be more productive through digitalisation and be ready in the new growth areas such as offshore renewable and LNG.” 

The ETSP initiative was earlier introduced as part of the Stabilisation and Support Package announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Mr Heng Swee Keat at the Resilience Budget this year.

Effective since 1 March 2020, over 121,000 training places have been taken up under the package. More than 41,000 employees across more than 1,000 enterprises in the targeted sectors have benefited from the initiative.

“The current economic slowdown provides an opportunity for companies in affected sectors to reskill and upskill their workforce. I encourage companies to take a long-term view, and to tap on this enhanced training support to build up their workforce competencies for the future economy,” said Ong Tze-Ch’in, Chief Executive of SSG.

“The impact of COVID-19 on the global marine & offshore industry is severe and expected to last for some time. However, there continues to be significant growth opportunities,” notes Chng Kai Fong, Managing Director of EDB.

“EDB will partner marine & offshore companies in their transformation efforts, especially in the areas of digitalisation and automation, while preserving jobs and capabilities during this challenging period.”


Photo Credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore 

Published: 6 October, 2020

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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.”

 

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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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Singapore-flagged tanker “Hafnia Nile” to be moved to safe location for cargo transfer

“Hafnia Nile” and the Sao Tome and Principe-flagged “Ceres I” collided and caught fire about 55km northeast of Pedra Branca on 19 July.

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Singapore-flagged tanker “Hafnia Nile” to be moved to safe location for cargo transfer

Shipowner Hafnia, the operator of Singapore-flagged tanker Hafnia Nile, is in discussion with The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on a safe location to transfer the ship’s cargo, MPA said on Wednesday (24 July). 

They are also discussing towage plans for repairs to be approved by MPA.

Hafnia Nile and the Sao Tome and Principe-flagged Ceres I collided and caught fire about 55km northeast of Pedra Branca on 19 July.

“An additional tug with deep-sea towing capacity has arrived on site on 23 July 2024, joining four other tugs equipped with oil response and firefighting capabilities,” MPA said. 

In a meeting with MPA on 23 July, Hafnia informed MPA of light oil sheens near Hafnia Nile

“As part of the towage plan, Hafnia will arrange for repairs, containment and clean-up of the assessed localised seepage,” it added.

Reuters reported Hafnia stating that an initial assessment by a team of specialists conducting inspections of damaged areas of the tanker, showed Hafnia Nile's engine room had suffered damage from the fire.

Hafnia also reportedly said a salvage team has boarded the vessel and transferred equipment from one of the attending tugs on site to contain and stop any localised seepage.

Manifold Times previously reported Ceres 1 allegedly leaving the site of the collision as of 20 July and turned off its Automatic Identification System (AIS) but was believed to be in Malaysian waters.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) was able to locate Ceres 1 some 28 nautical miles northeast of Pulau Tioman.

Related: “Ceres 1” goes dark after collision with Singapore-flagged tanker, located by MMEA
Related: MPA: Fire breaks out on two ships near Pedra Branca, search and rescue underway

 

Photo credit: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 25 July 2024

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