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SMW 2023: EOI for ammonia power generation and bunkering closing by 30 April

MPA and agencies will work with shortlisted consortia/companies from EOI for ammonia bunkering to conduct further studies, table-top exercises and training programmes.




Accelerating Decarbonisation Conference 2

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Thursday (27 April) hosted its second edition of the ‘Accelerating Decarbonisation Conference’ at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. 

More than 400 industry leaders, academia and experts gathered to discuss efforts to accelerate global maritime decarbonisation, challenges, and opportunities that could be seized in the transition to use of low-carbon and carbon-free energy sources in the maritime sector.   

Mr Teo Eng Dih, Chief Executive of MPA, delivered the opening remarks at the event, while Mr Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, International Maritime Organization (IMO), delivered the keynote address. In his address, Mr Kitack emphasised the urgency for shipping to decarbonise and reaffirmed IMO’s commitment and long-standing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping. 

Four expert panels were convened to discuss various issues related to the current state of the maritime sector’s transition to low and zero carbon fuels. In particular, panelists covered the potential of green shipping corridors and net-zero fuel pathways to support emissions reduction for the maritime sector, in line with the goals of IMO and countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). 

Exploring feasibility of Ammonia as Marine Fuel

MPA and the Energy Market Authority has called for an Expression of Interest (EOI) for ammonia power generation and bunkering, which will close by 30 April. Four presentations from research institutes and companies were done to share their initial findings from their studies on the safety and feasibility of ammonia as a marine fuel. MPA and agencies will work with shortlisted consortia/companies from the EOI to conduct further studies, table-top exercises and training programmes as part of a rigorous set of evaluation prior to the conduct of any ammonia-related trials in Singapore, or with Green and Digital Shipping Corridor partners. 

MaritimeSG LowCarbon50 Award Ceremony 

The MaritimeSG LowCarbon50 Award Ceremony, co-hosted by Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) and Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS), was also held at the conference for the second year running. The award was introduced by MPA as part of the Maritime Singapore Green Initiative’s Green Awareness Programme to recognize companies’ contributions to emission reduction.

Twenty companies took part in the second run of the Low Carbon Management workshop in 2022, and companies’ submissions for the award were evaluated by a panel comprising MPA, SSA and GCNS based on three main criteria of emission reduction, innovation and scalability. A total of six awards were given out to:

(i)  Executive Ship Management Pte Ltd,

(ii) Goodwood Ship Management Pte Ltd,

(iii) Hafnia Pools Pte Ltd,

(iv) Hong Lam Marine Pte Ltd,

(v) Ocean Network Express Singapore Pte Ltd, and

(iv) X-Press Feeders Pte Ltd.

Singapore-IMO NextGEN Connect Challenge Award Ceremony

The Singapore-IMO NextGEN Connect Challenge award ceremony was also held at the conference to recognise proposals to reduce GHG emissions on a global scale. Launched in April 2022, the award’s call for proposals received multiple high-quality submissions from around the world, proposing route-based action plans to reduce GHG emissions between specific points along shipping routes. 

A distinguished panel of international judges from IMO, MPA, the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment and the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre Asia (MTCC-Asia) evaluated the submissions based on a set of criteria supporting IMO 2050 emissions reduction goals, taking into consideration implementation feasibility and inclusiveness. 

The winner of the inaugural award went to Lloyd’s Register Maritime Decarbonisation Hub (LR MDH), for their proposal on “Development of a Route-Based Action Plan Methodology based upon Silk Alliance”. The Silk Alliance is a green shipping corridor cluster project to trial decarbonisation strategy for container ships operating primarily in Asia to achieve significant emission-saving impact, based on LR MDH’s First Movers.

Charles Haskell, Director of the LR Maritime Decarbonisation Hub, said: "This endorsement by the Singapore-IMO NextGen’s Call for Proposals judging panel indicates that our methodology provides a clear focus in estimating the critical mass needed to drive much-needed infrastructure investments, such as port and fuel production infrastructure for alternative fuels, in preparation for shipping’s decarbonisation. By doing so, we not only aim to reduce emissions from the cargo trade in the region, but also incentivise the development of alternative fuel supply infrastructure in strategic positions, including those in the region’s developing countries.”

Accelerating Decarbonisation through Collaboration

MPA signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Wärtsilä to collaborate on the development of the next generation renewable fuels, digital port optimisation and talent development. This MoU expands on the scope of an earlier MoU signed with Wärtsilä Voyage in 2021.

MPA and Classification Societies to establish Standards and Notations

MPA signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with all eight recognised classification societies in Singapore, to explore collaboration on setting standards and technical references in support of maritime digitalisation and decarbonisation, including smart and autonomous shipping, cybersecurity, electrification, and zero & low-carbon fuels, and the corresponding manpower development. This collaboration will help accelerate the development of standards, technical references for digitalisation and decarbonisation in Singapore, as well as for global markets. 

Note: The list of speakers at the Accelerating Decarbonisation Conference can be viewed here under Annex A.

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Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 28 April, 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.






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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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.






Editor's note: The following article was edited on 4 March 2023 to correct PTP press release's description of CMA CGM Monaco.

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 a 2024-built vehicle carrier 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.





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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