FueLNG to provide LNG bunkers to 5 bulk carriers in 2022
FueLNG will this year start providing LNG bunkers to five LNG-fuelled Newcastlemax bulk carriers which have been chartered by BHP to transport iron ore between Western Australia and China, it said on December 30.
This is part of BHP’s first LNG bunker supply agreement with Shell. FueLNG, a joint venture between Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) and Shell, will also begin bunkering of 10 LNG-fuelled very large crude carriers owned by Advantage Tankers, International Seaways, and AET Tankers which are time-chartered to Shell.
In addition, FueLNG will partner Keppel O&M to undertake small-scale LNG bunkering for vessels in Singapore utilising latter’s Floating Living Lab (FLL) from Q4 2022 onwards. FueLNG Bellina, which is Singapore's first LNG bunker vessel, will carry out the LNG loading operations into the 3,750m3 Type-C storage tank onboard the FLL. This LNG will then be used to bunker dual-fuelled harbour craft and small-to-large sized vessels, enabling FueLNG to serve more vessels requiring LNG as a marine fuel, the company said.
FueLNG is the only provider of ship-to-ship (STS) bunkering in Singapore and has completed 24 STS bunkering operations since March 2021.