Sembcorp Marine names LNG hybrid tug in Singapore
Sembcorp Marine has named its first of a series of LNG hybrid tugs designed for domestic service in Singapore, the company said on January 18.
The Singapore-flagged vessel was christened JMS Sunshine. Sembcorp Marine said it plans to build a fleet of tugs to progressively replace the existing diesel-powered fleet operated by its subsidiary Jurong Marine Services, a licenced operator of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.
JMS Sunshine has been designed by LMG Marin and is classed by the America Bureau of Shipping. It runs on pure LNG with a sizable energy storage system based on a lithium-ion battery.
“This system allows emission-free operation of the tug during idling and low speed transit. It is capable of taking over the energy needs if a spike in power is warranted, and comes equipped with a “take-me-home” reserve capacity to ensure safe return of the tug in the event of engine failure,” the company said.
When delivered, JMS Sunshine will be deployed in Sembcorp Marine yards for ship manoeuvring, mooring and unmooring operations. It can also be deployed by ship operators to escort vessels within Singapore port limits.