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Friday, October 2, 2020 

FueLNG, a joint venture between Keppel O&M and Shell Eastern Petroleum, has named Singapore’s first LNG bunkering vessel, 'FueLNG Bellina', which is scheduled to be operational by end-2020, enabling FueLNG to be the first to provide regular ship-to-ship LNG bunkering services within the Singapore port.

FueLNG will also provide LNG bunkering from Singapore’s first dedicated LNG bunkering facility which will be built by Keppel O&M on its Floating Living Lab (FLL), with Shell supplying the LNG to the facility when it becomes operational at the end of 2021.

The 7,500m3 LNG bunker vessel was designed by Keppel and built at the Keppel Nantong Shipyard in China. When operational, the vessel’s first contracts will be to provide ship-to-ship LNG bunkering to the Shell-chartered tankers and for one of Hapag Lloyd’s container vessels. The FueLNG Bellina is the first bunkering vessel with Smart Notation. Equipped with Keppel O&M’s proprietary VesselCare solutions, these smart functions enable remote monitoring and real-time support of vessel operations. The vessel is designed with a barge-like extended flat surface to provide bunkers to a wide range of vessels. With two stern azimuth thrusters and one bow thruster it has a high degree of manoeuvrability, including a 'crabbing' manoeuvre during bunkering operations, which minimises tug utilisation, in turn reducing fuel consumption and emissions. The barge harnesses boil-off gas for its own fuel, thus reducing emissions.

Tahir Faruqui, Director, FueLNG and Head of Downstream LNG, Shell, said, “Singapore is an important country for Shell and it will be a key region of the world for our Downstream LNG business. LNG will play a critical role in the journey towards zero emission fuels while zero and low-carbon fuels are being developed. It is the cleanest fuel currently available to the shipping sector in meaningful volumes. Collaboration is essential to reach milestones like this and I’d like to highlight and thank the MPA for supporting the growth of LNG as a marine fuel. I’m also grateful for the strong partnership between Shell and Keppel in leveraging our unique capabilities to achieve this. FueLNG Bellina complements Shell’s existing fleet of bunker vessels, enabling us to safely provide LNG to customers across the world.”

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