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CMA CGM CONTAINERSHIP RECEIVES LNG BUNKERS IN SINGAPORE

CMA CGM CONTAINERSHIP RECEIVES LNG BUNKERS IN SINGAPORE

Monday, March 29, 2021 

The first ship-to-containership Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering operation in Asia has been undertaken by CMA CGM and FueLNG - a joint venture between Keppel O&M and Shell Eastern Petroleum - and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

The containership CMA CGM Scandola was fuelled with 7,100m3 of LNG from FueLNG Bellina, Singapore’s first LNG bunkering vessel. CMA CGM Scandola is the first of six new 15,000-TEU LNG-powered containerships which CMA CGM Group has lined-up to be bunkered in Singapore this year. These ships will be deployed between Asia and the Mediterranean. It is also the first vessel in Asia to conduct simultaneous container loading and discharging operations alongside LNG bunkering operations, shortening port stay time.

This is the first ship-to-ship operation for FueLNG Bellina. Designed and built by Keppel O&M, the 7,500m3 FueLNG Bellina aims to provide a total of about 30 to 50 ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operations in 2021, extending FueLNG's track record of over 300 truck-to-ship LNG bunkering operations so far.

This ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation by CMA CGM and FueLNG underscores the companies’ commitment to contribute to Singapore’s ambition to become a leading LNG bunkering hub in Asia.

Stephane Courquin, CEO CMA CGM Asia Pacific, said: “CMA CGM is committed to the energy transition in the shipping industry. Today, LNG is the most advanced solution when it comes to preserving air quality. This technology is one of the first steps towards achieving CMA CGM Group’s ambitious 2050 objective of carbon neutrality. CMA CGM Scandola is the first of more CMA CGM-operated LNG vessels that will undergo simultaneous cargo and LNG bunkering operations in Singapore. The Group’s fleet of LNG containerships will grow to 32 by the end of 2022.”

Quah Ley Hoon, CEO MPA, said: “The use of LNG as a marine fuel is fast gaining traction worldwide amid a global push to use cleaner shipping fuels. As the world’s top bunkering and transshipment hub port, MPA is pleased that we are able to facilitate Asia’s very first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation with simultaneous cargo operations.  We will continue to work with the industry to promote LNG bunkering in Singapore and drive the transition to more sustainable shipping.”

Chris Ong, Chairman of FueLNG and CEO of Keppel O&M, added: “We are pleased to kickstart ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operations for the FueLNG Bellina in Singapore, which allows us to fuel larger vessels such as containerships. We have a number of ships lined up for FueLNG Bellina’s next bunkering operations, reflecting the strong demand for LNG bunkering in Singapore. LNG is an important part of the clean energy transition and this is in line with Keppel’s Vision 2030 to pursue greener energy developments.”

Tahir Faruqui, Director, FueLNG and Head of Shell Downstream LNG, said: “It’s crucial that the shipping sector employs the cleanest fuels available today and we continue to strengthen our network to supply our customers with cleaner burning fuels. In addition, vessels using LNG as a fuel should be comparatively more robust in addressing the financial impact of any CO2 levy potentially imposed in the future. Singapore is a new addition within our global LNG bunkering network of eight countries and nine ports. We plan to double this bunkering infrastructure on key international trade routes by the mid-2020s so that we can support the sector with the capabilities to tackle emissions with urgency.”

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