CABM – 05 Sept 2019
Singaporean Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M), through its wholly-owned subsidiary Keppel Nantong, is on track to deliver Singapore’s first dual-fuel bunker tanker. The vessel was named ‘Marine Vicky’ at a ceremony that took place in Keppel Nantong, China, on 3 September.
Owned and operated by Sinanju Tankers Holdings Pte Ltd (Sinanju), the bunker tanker will deliver marine fuels to ocean-going vessels within Singapore port limits.
“This is Singapore’s first bunker tanker to run on LNG and signifies the emphasis that Singapore is placing on developing Singapore into a LNG bunkering hub as the industry gains momentum to adopt LNG as a marine fuel. MPA is pleased to be able to partner Keppel O&M and Sinanju through the MPA LNG bunkering pilot programme. The maritime sector is evolving and through these steps, we aim to further strengthen Singapore’s offering as a global maritime hub and a LNG hub,”
…said Ms Quah Ley Hoon, CEO of the MPA Singapore, who named the vessel.
This bunker tanker will be the third dual-fuel vessel to be delivered by Keppel O&M, said Mr Tan Leong Peng, Executive Director (New Builds), Keppel O&M.
The dual-fuel technology enables more sustainable and economical operations, with more efficient fuel consumption, he noted.
The 7,990 DWT vessel will be Sinanju’s first dual-fuel bunker tanker.
Measuring 103-metre long and 19-metre wide, it is equipped with a 55 cubic metre LNG tank with a fuel gas supply system on deck to supply gas to the engine.
Marine Vicky will commence operations in Q1 2020, under a two-year time charter with ExxonMobil Asia Pacific.
Source : Safety4sea.com