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SMW 2022: MPA inks collaborations to accelerate maritime decarbonisation

Multiple MOUs signed on Wednesday to develop use of ammonia and methanol as a bunker fuel, says Assistant Chief Executive (Industry) of MPA.




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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Wednesday (6 April) entered into three Memoranda of Understanding agreements with two green shipping consortiums on the ammonia value-chain – signalling its support for the consumption of ammonia, amongst other material, as a bunker fuel.

“In our rapidly evolving interconnecting world, we must bring together complementary partners in the value chain to form a robust ecosystem,” said Mr Kenneth Lim, Assistant Chief Executive (Industry) of MPA.

“For example, MPA is a member of the Castor Initiative, and we are working closely with classification society, ship owner, engine manufacturer, terminal operator, and bunker supplier to develop the world’s first ammonia-fuelled tanker by 2025.

“As a port authority, our participation allows us to harness expertise and deepen our capabilities to harmonise safety standards and accumulate technical knowhows to prepare our transition into an inclusive, low-carbon bunkering port.”

Memoranda of Understanding agreements

The first MoU, signed with ITOCHU Corporation, ITOCHU Enex, MOL, Pavilion Energy, TotalEnergies Marine Fuels, and VOPAK Terminals, will seek to establish an ammonia fuel supply chain, including an on-shore and/or off-shore facility and an ammonia bunkering ship in Singapore.

The MoU is a key element of an integrated project that included the development of ammonia fuelled bulk carriers by ITOCHU with other partners.

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The second MoU will establish a platform for 15 parties to exchange views and harmonise ammonia bunkering safety guidelines in the respective ports.

Participating companies and organisations are: Brunsbüttel Ports, the French Naval Fire Brigade of Marseille, Fundacion Valenciaport, Great Port of Marseille, HAROPA PORT, MPA, Port Authority of Huelva, Port Authority of Valencia, Port of Algeciras, Port of Rotterdam, ENEOS Ocean Corporation, Mabanaft, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Navigator Gas, Planning and Design Center for Greener Ships, ITOCHU Corporation.

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The third MoU with the SABRE consortium, comprising the American Bureau of Shipping, Fleet Management Limited, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K-Line”), Keppel O&M, A.P. Moller - Maersk A/S, Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, and Sumitomo Corporation, will work on development works to establish an integrated ammonia supply chain, with the goal to commence ammonia bunkering within this decade.

SABRE consortium

In his speech on Wednesday, Mr Lim noted of a consortium formed by PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP), Air Liquide, YTL PowerSeraya, Oiltanking Asia Pacific, Kenoil Marine Services and AP-Moller Maersk to be also announcing a plan to establish a green e-methanol value chain for producing green e-methanol in Singapore.

“These initiatives on ammonia and methanol will add to the multi-fuel bunkering ecosystem in Singapore and are important milestones to bring ourselves a step closer to decarbonising the global shipping industry,” he said.

“I thank our partners for the support and hope more can join us in this green growth journey.”

Related: Singapore: MPA and Yara Intl in Ammonia-fuelled tanker Joint Development Project
Related: Singapore: Players in feasibility study for first green e-methanol plant in S.E.A.
Related: MPA blueprint prepares marine fuels sector for multi-fuel bunkering transition

The Singapore Maritime Week is taking place from 4 to 8 April 2022; other developments which have taken during this event are:

Related: SMW 2022: 20 maritime leaders attend inaugural MPA Academy programme
RelatedSMW 2022: Minister highlights ‘decisive green transition’ in keynote address
RelatedSMW 2022: Singapore Sea Transport Industry Transformation Map launched
RelatedSMW 2022: Singapore to establish green shipping corridors for zero-emission maritime routes
RelatedSMW 2022: Event officially opens with ‘Transformation for Growth’ theme
RelatedSMW 2022: MOT and MPA establish Maritime International Advisory Panel
RelatedSingapore Maritime Week 2022 returns with ‘Transformation for Growth’ theme


Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore/Informa
Published: 7 April, 2022

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PIL vessel in bio bunker fuel trial transports containers with PSA Singapore

Containers, bound for Mitsui Chemicals Asia Pacific’s beneficial cargo owner, were transported via PIL’s vessel “Kota Ratna” and PSA’s coastal terminal and rail nodes in Singapore, Qinzhou and Chongqing.





PIL transports containers using bio bunker fuel in trial with PSA Singapore

PSA Singapore (PSA) and Pacific International Lines (PIL) on Wednesday (29 May) announced the completion of their first trial of low-carbon green shipments, in a joint effort to build a more sustainable end-to-end supply chain ecosystem.

This pilot trial is part of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in October last year between the two long-standing partners to collaborate on green and sustainability solutions to decarbonise supply chains. 

The pilot consists of warehouse-to-warehouse cargo flow from Singapore to Chongqing via the International Land-Sea Trade Corridor. The containers, bound for Mitsui Chemicals Asia Pacific, Ltd’s beneficial cargo owner, were transported via PIL’s vessel Kota Ratna and PSA’s coastal terminal and rail nodes in Singapore, Qinzhou and Chongqing.

Green levers utilised in this pilot include the use of biofuel on Kota Ratna as well as landside supply chain optimisation by PSA.

The biofuel used for this trial, a blend of 24% used cooking oil with very low sulphur fuel oil, abated about 100 tonnes of carbon, equivalent to planting 4000 trees, and reduced the emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) by 84.1%.

With first-hand data on carbon emissions obtained from this pilot trial, PIL will be better equipped to assess how it can further lower emissions from its vessel operations, not just for its existing ships but also for its eight new LNG dual-fuel container vessels that will be progressively delivered from end 2024.

The PSA Port Ecosystem Business Division leveraged container barging, a greener mode of transportation as compared to trucking, to haul cargo from PSA Jurong Island Terminal to Pasir Panjang Terminal for onward shipment towards Chongqing. 

In addition, the use of container handling equipment powered by electricity and greener alternative fuels at PSA’s ports reduced emissions in the port area.

The collaborative efforts by both partners across the end-to-end supply chain translated to planting one tree for every laden container moved across this value chain.

Philbert Chua, Managing Director, Container Division, PSA Corporation Ltd, said, “The successful completion of this green pilot project with PIL is an important step forward for the maritime and supply chain sector.”

“Combating climate change is one of our urgent priorities and PSA is committed to work with like-minded partners to put these words into action.”

“This concerted teamwork illustrates a step-by-step measurable approach to further decarbonise supply chains and has unlocked opportunities for accelerated action to achieve our net zero goal.”

Abhishek Chawla, Chief Marine Officer, PIL, said, “PIL is pleased to receive promising results from this low-carbon green shipments pilot trial with PSA.”

“With sustainability at the core of PIL’s operations, we are happy to join forces with PSA as we take concrete action to drive a sustainable future. The valuable insights obtained from this trial will empower PIL to further reduce our vessel emissions in the future, as part of our goal of achieving net zero by 2050.”

“Working hand in hand with like-minded partners, we can augment each other’s sustainability efforts in creating greener shipping and providing a sustainable net zero model to our customers soon.”


Photo credit: PSA Singapore
Published: 30 May 2024

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China: Chimbusco, Suzhou Fengbei Biotechnology to conduct bio bunker fuel research

Both parties will comprehensively promote the use of biodiesel in the bunker fuel market and contribute to green and low-carbon shipping.





China: Chimbusco, Suzhou Fengbei Biotechnology to conduct bio bunker fuel research

China Marine Bunker (Petro China) Co., Ltd. (Chimbusco) and Suzhou Fengbei Biotechnology Co., Ltd. on Thursday (23 May) signed a strategic cooperation agreement to jointly carry out research on the application of marine biofuels and promote pilot projects on the application of biodiesel. 

Both parties will comprehensively promote the use of biodiesel in the bunker fuel market and contribute to green and low-carbon shipping.

Suzhou Fengbei Biotechnology Co., Ltd. has long been committed to the research and development of comprehensive utilisation of natural oil resources, forming an oil resource recycling industry chain of "industrial oils-biofuels (biodiesel)-biobased materials". 

Qin Ling, secretary of the Party Committee and general manager of Chimbusco said with the implementation of increasingly stringent emissions laws and regulations, the company is actively responding to and adapting to domestic development needs. 

“Through strategic cooperation, the company is locking in the future demand for biofuels,” he said. 

Pingyuan, chairman of Suzhou Fengbei Biotechnology Co., Ltd. said that both firms will rely on their respective advantages and resources and seize new opportunities for carbon reduction in shipping. 

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: Zhangjiagang Bonded Zone (Jingang sub-district) Party and Government Office
Published: 30 May 2024

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MOL to install wind propulsion system on seven newbuildings

MOL has measured the performance of the Wind Challenger on a vessel “Shofu Maru” continuously on actual voyages and confirmed Wind Challenger sail reduced daily fuel consumption by up to 17%.





MOL to install wind propulsion system on seven newbuildings

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) and its group company MOL Drybulk Ltd. on Monday (27 May) announced their intent to install wind propulsion systems on a total of seven newbuilding bulk carriers and multi-purpose vessels, which will be operated by MOL Drybulk. 

MOL has measured the performance of the Wind Challenger on a vessel Shofu Maru continuously on actual voyages and confirmed that the Wind Challenger sail reduced daily fuel consumption by up to 17%.

The fuel saving and GHG reduction effect of the Wind Challenger depends on various conditions such as the type of vessel and the shipping route.

MOL Group will have a total of nine Wind Challenger-equipped vessels, bringing the total number of vessels equipped with wind propulsion systems to 11.

Among the seven vessels to be equipped with wind propulsion systems, six new bulk carriers will each be equipped with one Wind Challenger. Construction contracts have already been signed with Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. for three of the six vessels, and preparations are under way for construction contracts for the remaining three vessels.

In addition, MOL Drybulk has decided to install two Ventfoils, a foldable and autonomous unit for wind-assisted ship propulsion, manufactured by Dutch firm EconoWind B.V., on one of its new multipurpose vessels slated for delivery 2025 and operation under a time charter.

MOL has established the "MOL Group Environmental Vision 2.2" and has set the target of achieving net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. One of the key strategies to achieve this target includes the "introduction of clean energy, further energy-saving technologies," and the group plans to launch 25 vessels equipped with the Wind Challenger by 2030 and 80 vessels by 2035.


Photo credit: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines
Published: 30 May 2024

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