Future LNG bunkering in Singapore

12 Apr 2012
MPA and DNV are working towards promoting LNG bunkering in Singapore

MPA and DNV are working towards promoting LNG bunkering in Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has set up a joint industry project to investigate the feasibility of LNG bunkering in Singapore in collaboration with Det Norske Veritas (DNV).

Captain Segar, MPA’s group director, said: “The results of this project will provide MPA and the maritime industry with the operational and technical information necessary to implement LNG bunkering in Singapore.”

The project has the task of providing recommendations to the Singapore government on the issue specifically with regards to operational safety, industry expectation and best practice and compliance with legislation.

It’s not news that the shipping industry is looking to LNG as a greener marine fuel to meet new international emission regulations. It has much lower emissions than conventional marine fuel.

But, there are still issues to overcome before LNG is used on a more widespread basis in Singapore. DNV say that in the main this is down to insufficient local LNG supply and immature bunkering, coupled with a lack of regulatory schemes for shore based and ship to shore bunkering.

The project aims to address these issues and will involve working with 21 industry partners, including BG Group, Keppel Offshore & Marine Technology Centre, Rolls Royce Marine and Singapore LNG Corporation Pte Ltd.

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