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SINGAPORE'S FIRST LNG BUNKER VESSEL LAUNCHED

Monday, June 8, 2020 

FueLNG, a joint venture between Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M) and Shell Eastern Petroleum, has launched Singapore’s first LNG bunkering vessel at Keppel Nantong Shipyard in China.

Construction of the 7,500m3 LNG bunkering vessel is continuing and is on schedule for completion by the end of 2020. The vessel will enable FueLNG to be the first in Singapore to provide regular ship-to-ship LNG bunkering services within the Singapore port. It supports initiatives implemented by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to increase the adoption of LNG as a marine fuel, facilitating the growth of Singapore as a global LNG bunkering hub.

Saunak Rai, GM FueLNG, said: “There is a growing number of LNG-fuelled vessels in the world and FueLNG is well-positioned to seize LNG bunkering opportunities in Singapore. We have safely completed more than 200 truck-to-ship bunkering operations with no incidents, a testament to our high standards and operational expertise. Building Singapore’s first LNG bunkering vessel demonstrates FueLNG’s confidence in LNG as a marine fuel. The vessel will enhance our range of services and boost our efforts to further increase the availability of LNG in the market.”

The vessel, which is able to run on both LNG and MDO, is being built to the MTD 7500U LNG design by Keppel Marine and Deepwater Technology (KMDTech). Key features of the vessel include high manoeuvrability which enables bunkering without tug assistance, compatibility with a wide range of vessels, as well as propulsion and power management systems that optimise fuel consumption. The vessel has a filling rate range of up to 1000m3 of LNG per hour and is able to supply LNG to various types of vessels at heights ranging from 3m to 23m above water level.

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