FueLNG Names Singapore's 1st LNG Bunker Vessel
FueLNG, a joint venture between Keppel Offshore & Marine and Shell, on October 1 said it has named Singapore’s first LNG bunkering vessel, FueLNG Bellina.
Scheduled to be operational by end-2020, the vessel will enable FueLNG 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, with Shell supplying the LNG to the facility when it becomes operational at the end of 2021.
“This occasion marks an important milestone in Singapore’s journey to achieve the IMO 2030 greenhouse gas emissions target. It is our next step towards regular ship-to-ship LNG bunkering activities in Singapore,” Chee Hong Tat, Singapore’s senior minister of state, ministry of transport & ministry of foreign affairs, said. “As we progress towards a low-carbon future, we will intensify our efforts to develop the Port of Singapore into a global LNG bunkering hub.”
The 7,500-m3 vessel is on track to arrive in Singapore later this year from the Keppel Nantong Shipyard in China. Once 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 vessel.
“Building Singapore’s first LNG bunkering vessel and having a dedicated bunkering facility demonstrate our commitment to global customers that LNG as a marine fuel will be readily available in Singapore,” said Chris Ong, chairman of FueLNG and CEO of Keppel O&M.