Sinanju, ExxonMobil Sign Charter for LNG-Fuelled Bunker Tanker
Sinanju Logistics Services, the tanker operating arm of Sinanju Tankers Holdings, entered into a two-year time charter agreement July 25 with ExxonMobil Asia Pacific for an LNG-powered new-build bunker tanker, Sinanju said August 16 in a statement.
The vessel will deliver ExxonMobil’s new engineered marine fuels to ocean-going vessels within Singapore port limits from Q1 2020. The vessel will join Sinanju’s 13-vessel bunker fleet in December 2019.
Under the Maritime Singapore Green Port Programme, registered vessels that are serviced by alternative or cleaner marine fuelled harbour crafts during their port stay – such as receiving bunker from LNG-powered bunker tankers – stand to receive a 10% port dues concession.
“As responsible stakeholders of the maritime industry, we are stepping up to promote the use of LNG as a sustainable alternative marine fuel to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and we encourage more of such bunker tankers to operate in Singapore,” Sinanju’s managing director Ju Kai Meng said.
Marine Vicky is a 103-metre long 19-m wide bunker tanker classed by Bureau Veritas and has a carrying capacity of 7,990 dwt. It is equipped with a 55 m3 LNG tank paired with a fuel gas supply system on deck for engine propulsion, Sinanju said. The vessel is built at Keppel Offshore & Marine's shipyard in Nantong, China, under the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s LNG bunkering pilot programme.
“ExxonMobil is glad to be partnering with Sinanju in its effort to reduce emissions in its operations. We are committed to doing our part to meet the demand for cleaner marine fuel supplies safely and reliably, while at the same time, reduce environmental impact and provide sustainable solutions,” said Asia Pacific sales Ddrector of ExxonMobil Marine Fuels, Koh Sing Liang.