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Singapore’s first LNG-powered bunker tanker christened by MPA Chief Executive

03 Sep 2019

Singapore-based bunker tanker owner and operator Sinanju Tankers Holdings (Sinanju) achieved a new milestone on Tuesday (3 September) with the launch of the republic’s inaugural LNG-powered conventional bunker tanker.

The 7,990 dwt vessel was christened Marine Vicky by her Lady Sponsor, Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) at a launch ceremony held in Nantong, China at Keppel Nantong Shipyard, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M).

“This is Singapore’s first bunker tanker to run on LNG and signifies the emphasis that Singapore is placing on developing Singapore into a LNG bunkering hub as the industry gains momentum to adopt LNG as a marine fuel,” said Quah.

“MPA is pleased to be able to partner Keppel O&M and Sinanju through the MPA LNG bunkering pilot programme. The maritime sector is evolving and through these steps, we aim to further strengthen Singapore’s offering as a global maritime hub and a LNG hub.”

“Sinanju is taking a bold move to pioneer the use of LNG as a clean, alternative fuel for bunker tankers in Singapore with the launch of Marine Vicky,” said Ju Kai Meng, Managing Director of Sinanju.

“It is an exciting beginning for our sector and I encourage more bunker tankers to be built with the view of using alternative fuels or other sustainable methods in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and its environmental impact.”

Sinanju partnered Mitsui & Co. (Asia Pacific) (Mitsui AP), the Singapore subsidiary of Japan-based Mitsui & Co., a leading comprehensive trading and investment firm to place the newbuilding order with Keppel O&M.

Taku Morimoto, Executive Vice President and COO of Mitsui AP said, “We are truly delighted with the launch of Singapore’s very first dual-fuel bunker tanker, which marks an important milestone in Singapore’s journey to become a world leader in supplying clean marine fuels.

“We thank our partners Sinanju and Keppel O&M, and everyone who contributed to the safe and successful construction of Marine Vicky.

“In particular, we would like to acknowledge the MPA for its great foresight and support for the maritime industry. Mitsui aspires to create eco-friendly societies and we look forward to contributing further to the Maritime Singapore Green Initiative.”

For this project, Sinanju appointed SeaTech Solutions International (SeaTech), a leading Singapore-based ship design and consultancy firm to design the dual-fuel bunker tanker.

“We are very honoured to be entrusted by our valued client Sinanju to be the designer and integrator for Singapore’s first dual fuel bunker vessel,” shared Prabjot Singh Chopra, Vice President – Technology at SeaTech.

“Together with Sinanju and other stakeholders, we carried out safety studies simulating various scenarios to finally develop this design. We are excited to see the vessel in operation.”

The LNG-powered bunker tanker will commence operations in Q1 2020 under a 2-year time-charter agreement with ExxonMobil Asia Pacific to deliver their new EMF.5™ Engineered Marine Fuels. This will ensure ExxonMobil’s customers have high quality, compliant fuel options when bunkering in Singapore waters.

Ju concluded, “We have accomplished a significant milestone today, but our sights are already set on the next one – to ensure that my crew is trained to handle LNG safely and in accordance to the strict procedures in place. We will be well prepared to further our ambition in carrying out LNG bunkering in 2021.”

A series of developments leading up to the current development has been recorded by Manifold Times below:

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Photo credit: Sinanju Tankers Holdings
Published: 4 September, 2019


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