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Singapore: MESD shares key events discussing alternative bunker fuels

03 Mar 2023

The Maritime Energy & Sustainable Development Centre of Excellence (MESD) on Thursday (2 March) shared some of the key events for February 2023, which included discussions on alternative bunker fuels and bunkering standards in Singapore.

On 10 February, MESD welcomed esteemed guests from the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI), including Chairman Professor Low Teck Seng and his team.

“We had a robust exchange of ideas; MESD shared our research focus areas, capabilities as well as aspirations for the future, and we gained valuable insights from Prof Low. Prof Low commended MESD on our remarkable accomplishments over the past five years, and highlighted the crucial role we play in advancing research discovery and translating innovative solutions to support Maritime Singapore’s transition towards a zero-carbon future,” it said in a social media post.

MESD Centre Director, Prof Jasmine Lam, delivered the keynote address and moderated an insightful panel discussion at Pier71’s Innovation Leaders Roundtable on 22 February. She engaged maritime leaders in a stimulating exchange on the hurdles and opportunities presented by a multi-fuel and multi energy source environment.

“We are privileged and grateful for the invitation from PIER71™ to participate in this exclusive event where we exchanged ideas on implementing practical and effective solutions for a more sustainable future,” said MESD.

Dr Imran Ibrahim, MESD Programme Director, served as a breakout group moderator at SMI Advance 2023 held on 27 February. Dr Imran presented an overview of MESD’s research and development focus areas, which include a wide range of decarbonisation pathways. The discussions were insightful and engaging, with participants expressing keen interest in the topic on ammonia bunkering safety.

“MESD was happy to exchange ideas and engage with industry leaders in a meaningful way, and we extend our thanks to SMI for organising such a fruitful event,” it said.

MESD was also invited to participate in the Bureau Veritas’s Methanol Masterclass on 28 February.

MESD’s research lead, Dr Liu Ming, gave a presentation on “Methanol for Singapore Harbour Craft”. Dr Liu Ming shared MESD’s work on methanol as one of the future alternative bunker fuels for the Singapore harbour craft community, and provided an overview of green methanol availability, bunkering standard, GHG reduction potential as well as engineering considerations for methanol retrofitting. T

“The presentation sparked several fruitful discussions amongst the audience. We are grateful for the opportunity to share our research. Our sincere thanks to Bureau Veritas for hosting this event,” it added.


Photo credit: Maritime Energy & Sustainable Development Centre of Excellence

Published: 3 March, 2023

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