Total, Pavilion Energy seal LNG bunkering deal for Port of Singapore

The developmemt of liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering in the Port of Singapore got a boost with the signing of a deal between Total and Pavilion Energy to provide a bunkering vessel and for an LNG supply arrangement.

The Heads of Agreement (HoA), through their respective units Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions and Pavilion Gas, to jointly develop a bunker supply chain in the port covers the shared long-term time charter of a new generation LNG bunker vessel (LNGBV) to be commissioned by Pavilion Gas by 2020 and also includes an LNG supply arrangement between the two companies enabling Total to deliver LNG bunker to its customers, Total said in a press release.

The HoA, signed on the sidelines of the World Gas Conference 2018, follows a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concluded by both companies in April 2017 on LNG bunkering cooperation in Singapore. The HoA is a significant step forward and contributes to the development of Singapore as an LNG bunkering hub.

The move toward LNG as a bunker fuel is a suitable solution following the decision of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to set limits on sulphur content in marine fuels from 2020. LNG bunker not only produces zero sulphur oxides, but it also represents an available and competitive solution, which contributes to IMO’s long-term strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships announced in April 2018.

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Total chairman and ceo Patrick Pouyanné said: "The development of infrastructure is one of the key drivers for the take-off of LNG as a marine fuel.  For the past few months, Total has been very active in that direction. The agreement signed with Pavilion Energy marks a new step in our commitment to provide our customers with fuels that are more environmentally friendly, particularly in Singapore which is the leading bunkering hub in the world.”

Mohd Hassan Marican, chairman of Pavilion Energy said: “Pavilion Energy is pleased to work with Total on establishing a robust LNG bunker supply chain in Singapore. Our partnership sets the stage for making LNG bunker readily and reliably available for the market. Together, we mark a decisive step forward in leading the change towards cleaner and more responsible solutions with LNG bunkering in the region.”

Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions is pursuing its ambition to develop the LNG bunker market. The first milestones of its strategy were set in Europe, with the signature of LNG bunker supply contracts for Brittany Ferries and CMA CGM, as well as the long-term chartered bunker vessel with Mitsui OSK Lines that will be positioned in Northern Europe.

Pavilion Gas is committed to the development of Singapore as an LNG hub. In October 2016, Pavilion Gas was appointed as one of two importers to supply LNG to Singapore by the Energy Market Authority of Singapore. In January 2016, Pavilion Gas was awarded the LNG Bunker Supplier Licence to supply LNG bunker to vessels in the Port of Singapore.

Posted 27 June 2018

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Vincent Wee

Asia Editor, Seatrade Maritime News

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