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Singapore port completes first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering

The port of Singapore has witnessed its first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering involving the transfer of LNG as a marine fuel from a small-scale tanker to a heavylift vessel.

The bunkering operation involved the reload of 2,000 cu m of LNG onto the small-scale tanker at a newly-modified secondary jetty of Singapore LNG (SLNG) terminal, followed by a ship-to-ship transfer to the receiving heavylift vessel.

The operation was performed by Pavilion Energy’s subsidiary Pavilion Gas, a licensed LNG bunker supplier in Singapore.

“Pavilion Energy’s first commercial ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operations in Singapore demonstrates our strong commitment and capability to deliver a comprehensive suite of LNG bunker supply solutions to Singapore and the region,” said Frederic H. Barnaud, group ceo of Pavilion Energy, wholly-owned by Singapore government’s investment firm Temasek.

In 2017, Pavilion Energy demonstrated its first truck-to-ship bunkering capabilities before expanding its bunker logistics with the charter of its first LNG bunker tanker newbuild in February 2019. The 12,000 cu m GTT Mark III Flex membrane LNG bunker tanker is scheduled for delivery by 2021 from Sembcorp Marine shipyard.

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Tan Soo Koong, ceo of SLNG Corporation, said: “We strongly believe that LNG will become the worldwide fuel of choice for bunkering in the long term, and SLNG is well-positioned to facilitate this development. We are keen to work with all stakeholders and invest in infrastructure as necessary, to help grow LNG bunkering here.”

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