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Singapore enlarges focus group to drive global LNG bunkering agenda

Singapore enlarges focus group to drive global LNG bunkering agenda
Singapore has expanded a 2014-established international focus group collaborating on LNG bunkering from four members to eight members.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has expanded the original memorandum of understanding (MoU), which initially comprised the ports of Singapore, Rotterdam, Antwerp and Zebrugee, to include the Port of Jacksonville, Norwegian Maritime Authority, Japan’s ministry of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism, and South Korea’s Ulsan Port Authority.

The expansion of the focus group has been formalised through another MoU signed on Wednesday at SIBCON held in Singapore on Wednesday.

MPA shared that as the group works towards building a network of LNG bunker ready ports across the Asia-Europe shipping route, the increased representation of Asian ports will add impetus towards making LNG bunkering a reality in the future.

MPA is already working with enterprise development agency SPRING Singapore to develop a Technical Reference (TR) for Singapore’s LNG bunkering standards. The TR will be launched in early 2017, providing a reliable and transparent framework for LNG bunkering operations.

Meanwhile, MPA and Singapore LNG Corporation (SLNG) signed a MoU on Wednesday to collaborate on an interim truck loading facility which will be used to service LNG bunkering.

The facility will also be used to serve a variety of other industries that may require small volumes of LNG to be transported over land. MPA has committed up to SGD2m ($1.5m) to co-fund the development of this facility, which will be operationally ready by early 2017.