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Sembmarine clinches first ever deal to construct LNG bunker tanker

Singapore’s Sembcorp Marine (Sembmarine) has landed its first ever contract to design and construct a large LNG bunker tanker for Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL).

Sembmarine will design and construct a LNG bunker tanker with GTT Mark III Flex membrane tank system with 12,000 cu m capacity, making the vessel the largest of its kind to be built in Singapore.

The LNG bunker tanker will be delivered in 2021 and chartered to Pavilion Gas for deployment in Singapore. Pavilion Gas is a subsidiary of Pavilion Energy, a Singapore government-backed LNG company.

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Compared to IMO Type ‘C’ LNG tanks, the Mark III Flex membrane tanks have lower internal pressure, temperature and boil-off rate, which translates into greater tank durability, safer fuel transfer operations and reduced cargo loss through evaporation.

The Mark III Flex membrane tanks also weigh less and occupy less ship space, allowing the vessel to carry more cargo and consume less fuel.

For cleaner propulsion, the LNG bunker tanker will have dual-fuel engines running on LNG or marine diesel oil.

“This project marries Sembmarine’s ship design and construction expertise with GTT’s industry-leading membrane tank system. We are confident the outcome will be a sophisticated newbuilding that not only delivers optimal technical performance, but also helps MOL and Pavilion Energy contribute to the expected standard of LNG bunkering operations in Singapore,” said Wong Weng Sun, president and ceo of Sembmarine.

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Separately, Sembmarine clinched contracts to repair and modernise 13 cruise ships.

Sembmarine said the cruise ships jobs and the LNG bunker tanker deal are worth a combined SGD175m ($130m).

“As Sembmarine expands into new innovations, products and energy value chain solutions, we are also proud to retain our traditional excellence in ship repairs and upgrades,” Wong said.

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