Since May 2018, FueLNG has been providing truck-to-ship LNG bunkering for two dual-fuel tugs operated by Keppel Smit Towage. FueLNG is also able to provide LNG for the commissioning of LNG systems and machinery, and trials for gas-fuelled vessels. In September 2017, FueLNG completed its first operation and provided LNG for the commissioning of the floating liquefaction vessel Hilli Episeyo.
“We are optimistic that the industry will increasingly adopt LNG as a marine fuel and look forward to furthering our partnership with industry stakeholders to build a world-class LNG bunkering network in Singapore,” said Chris Ong, chairman of FueLNG and ceo of Keppel O&M.
Tahir Faruqui, director of FueLNG and head of Shell Global Downstream LNG, said: “The delivery of our LNG bunkering vessel in 2020 is an important step for growing a robust and reliable global LNG fuel supply chain in the years to come as we will be able to increase the availability of LNG with ship-to-ship services with our end clients.”
FueLNG has placed an order with Keppel O&M to build Southeast Asia’s first LNG bunkering tanker, which is projected to be completed in the third quarter of 2020.
Keppel Smit Towage has been tracking the benefits of LNG as fuel. When running on LNG, the tugs perform as efficiently as when using diesel, but consume 5% less fuel in tonnes.
Romi Kaushal, managing director of Keppel Smit Towage, commented: “We are glad to be one of the leaders in the adoption of LNG as a marine fuel, which has enabled us to not only reduce sulphur oxide emissions but increase our cost efficiency. This milestone proves the commercial and operational viability of LNG, and we look forward to continuing the partnership with FueLNG to enhance bunkering standards and operations.”