Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) performed the naming ceremony for Singapore’s first dual-fuel bunker tanker. The vessel was named Marine Vicky by Ms Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), and Lady Sponsor of the vessel, at a ceremony that took place at Keppel Nantong Shipyard, China on September 3.
Owned and operated by Sinanju Tankers Holdings Pte Ltd (Sinanju), the bunker tanker will deliver marine fuels to ocean-going vessels within Singapore port limits.
“This is Singapore’s first bunker tanker to run on LNG and signifies the emphasis that Singapore is placing on developing Singapore into a LNG bunkering hub as the industry gains momentum to adopt LNG as a marine fuel,” Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and Lady Sponsor of the vessel, said.
“MPA is pleased to be able to partner Keppel O&M and Sinanju through the MPA LNG bunkering pilot programme. The maritime sector is evolving and through these steps, we aim to further strengthen Singapore’s offering as a global maritime hub and a LNG hub.”
The 7,990 DWT vessel will be Sinanju’s first dual-fuel bunker tanker.
Measuring 103-metre long and 19-metre wide, it is equipped with a 55 cubic metre LNG tank with a fuel gas supply system on deck to supply gas to the engine. The vessel is also fitted with pipelines and tanks that enable it to carry multiple grades of marine fuel cargo.
Marine Vicky will commence operations in Q1 2020, under a two-year time charter with ExxonMobil Asia Pacific.