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    BHP welcomes first LNG-fuelled Newcastlemax bulk carrier

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The vessel will transport iron ore between Western Australia and Asia.

by: Shardul Sharma

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BHP welcomes first LNG-fuelled Newcastlemax bulk carrier

Australia’s BHP on February 7 welcomed MV Mt. Tourmaline – world’s first LNG-fuelled Newcastlemax bulk carrier – that will transport iron ore between Western Australia and Asia from 2022. 

BHP has chartered five LNG-fuelled Newcastlemax bulk carriers from Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) for five years and awarded the LNG fuel contract to Shell.

On her maiden voyage, the vessel arrived at Jurong Port in Singapore for her first LNG bunkering operation which will take place through the first LNG bunker vessel in Singapore, the FueLNG Bellina, BHP said. FueLNG, a joint venture between Shell Eastern Petroleum and Keppel Offshore & Marine, operates the bunker vessel.

After LNG bunkering, the 209,000-DWT vessel will leave for Port Hedland in Western Australia for iron ore loading operations.