Singapore-based LNG bunker supplier FuelLNG is gearing up with new developments for the country’s first LNG bunkering vessel (LBV) as the government aims to make LNG as a marine fuel in the world’s largest bunkering port.
The company rolled out the LBV in Keppel Nantong Shipyard in China earlier this year.
It is reported that the LBV (FueLNG Bellina) is expected to be operational by the end of this year; providing ship-to-ship LNG bunkering services to the Shell-chartered tankers and for one of Hapag Lloyd’s container vessels, as part of its first contracts.
The LBV is manufactured and designed by Keppel O&M, a company that focuses on offshore and marine activities. It is reported that the ship will arrive from China’s to Singapore later this year from the Keppel Nantong Shipyard in China.
FuelLNG, told the media, “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.”
It is reported that major bunker ports such as Singapore are eyeing on LNG to use as a maritime fuel. The country is encouraging vessels to use green fuel such as LPG by providing them rebate.
LNG is an environmentally friendly as it emits 90 percent less nitrogen oxide compared to other fuels. The global shipping industry is encouraging the usage of green fuel for a sustainable future.