FueLNG completes first commercial LNG bunkering in Singapore

FueLNG, a joint venture between Keppel and Shell, has achieved the first commercial liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker transfer in Singapore, the world’s largest bunkering hub, by completing truck-to-ship bunkering for the floating liquefaction (FLNG) vessel, Hilli Episeyo.

The LNG bunker transfer was carried out in batches from July 22 to September 23 and marks the first LNG trucking operation for FueLNG, following the facilitation of Singapore LNG’s (SLNG) successful gas-up/cool-down and reload operation at its Jurong Island terminal of the Cardissa, Shell’s LNG bunker vessel, in June 2017.

Michael Chia, chairman of FueLNG, said, “This is an exciting milestone for FueLNG as we establish ourselves as a safe, cost-efficient and reliable LNG bunker supplier. The development of proven LNG bunkering infrastructure will give confidence to the industry that LNG can be widely adopted as a marine fuel and is sustainable for the long-term.”

FueLNG has also secured contracts from Keppel Smit Towage and Maju Maritime to provide LNG bunkering services for two dual-fuel LNG harbour tugs. These contracts will commence in 2018 when construction of the tugs is completed.

As of March 2017, there were 102 LNG-fuelled ships in operation around the world and 108 on order.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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