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Singapore reiterates commitments towards developing LNG and bio bunker fuels

Two Singapore ministers recently spoke about the bunkering industry in the republic at two conferences and reiterated Singapore’s support towards LNG and biofuels.

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Two Singapore ministers recently spoke about the bunkering industry in the republic at two separate conferences and reiterated Singapore’s support towards the development of LNG and bio bunker fuels. 

Manpower Minister and Second Minister for Trade and Industry Dr Tan See Leng said Singapore has developed a strong energy and LNG ecosystem over the years.

“We have established ourselves as a leading LNG trading and bunkering hub in Asia. We have 60 LNG traders operating in Singapore, including the world’s top 10 global energy traders,” Tan said in his speech at the opening ceremony of the Gastech 2023 Conference on Tuesday (5 September). 

“In 2022 alone, about USD 240 billion worth of LNG trades flowed through Singapore, equivalent in value to about 50% of Singapore’s GDP.”

He added Singapore has also built up its infrastructure with Singapore’s LNG terminal can handle up to 9.6 million tonnes per annum of throughput capacity. 

“Our upcoming LNG bunkering network will support the growth of LNG as a marine fuel,” he said.

Tan explained that companies in Singapore have also innovated to deploy new solutions and create new business models that support the entire LNG ecosystem.

“For example, in January this year, Seatrium delivered the first of a series of LNG hybrid tugs for use in Singapore’s waters,” the minister said. 

“The vessel is the first of its kind for operations in Singapore using a pure LNG engine and is supported by an innovative battery power system that allows for emission-free operations during idling and low-speed transit. “

“Seatrium has commissioned the design and the building of the world’s first LNG hybrid tug in 2018 and continues to build its capabilities to ride the global energy transition.”

He concluded that Singapore’s investment in the energy and LNG ecosystem has seen promising results. 

“We are committed to invest further and grow further so that Singapore can better serve the region's energy needs.”

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Meanwhile, Minister of State for Trade and Industry Low Yen Ling said Singapore is well-positioned to support and grow new trade flows for renewable fuels such as biofuels.

She said one of Singapore’s key goals and focus is to grow new trade flows for renewable fuels. 

“The global energy transition and our 2050 net-zero ambition will continue to spur greater demand for greener fuels. Singapore is well poised to facilitate and grow these new flows,” she said in her speech at the Asia Pacific Petroleum Conference (APPEC) 2023 on 4 September. 

“For example, in the area of biofuels, Singapore is located near regional feedstock resources and home to a growing network of counterparties. Over 60 companies, including energy majors such as ExxonMobil and Respol, and ADM and Bunge in the agri-commodities sector, are taking hold of this advantage by trading biofuels from Singapore.”

“Singapore’s efficient refining and processing capabilities, as well as robust maritime infrastructure, allows us to import biofuels for refining and re-export. This synergy presents an opportunity for Singapore to develop strengths in both biofuels processing and trading, and solidify our position as an energy hub.”

Low added Singapore has made good progress in adopting renewable fuels in the aviation and shipping industries.

“In the shipping industry, the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has been taking active steps to facilitate the use of cleaner fuels such as LNG, biofuels, ammonia, hydrogen and methanol to drive decarbonisation efforts. To date, over 140,000 tonnes of biofuels blends have been supplied across more than 90 biofuels bunkering operations,” she added. 

To facilitate the transition to cleaner fuels, Low said the republic is also exploring further opportunities in biofuels, and working on harmonising standards to reduce barriers to the trade of biofuels.

“In consultation with industry and researchers, the MPA has also developed a provisional biofuel standard on the specification of marine biofuel for blends up to 50%. As there is presently no international standard for the quality of biofuels for bunkering, this provisional national standard aims to support the growth of biofuel bunkering and facilitate the adoption of greener fuels to meet our net-zero goals.”

 

Photo credit: Dr Tan See Leng / Low Yen Ling
Published: 7 September, 2023

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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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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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