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Singapore develops LNG bunkering standards

LNG Industry,

Singapore has taken a significant step forward in the development of practical operational procedures and standards for liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operations.

The Maritime and Port Authority (MPA), together with consultant Lloyd’s Register, have completed a study on the Technical Standards and Procedures for LNG bunkering in the Port of Singapore. The study consolidated information that needs to be considered before LNG bunkering can take place. Five key areas were highlighted:

  1. LNG bunkering standards and procedures within the port’s limits;
  2. Technical requirements and specifications for LNG bunker tankers and receiving vessels with regard to transfer system, fittings and safety equipment;
  3. Safety standards for LNG bunkering operations;
  4. Identification of safety exclusion zones and emergency procedures and;
  5. Competency standards for personnel handling LNG bunkering.

MPA subsequently will be organising industry consultation sessions to share the results of the study with the maritime industry and seek their feedback and comments. With this feedback, MPA will finalise the LNG bunkering standards for the Port of Singapore.

"There is an increasing need for the shipping industry to look at alternative sources of fuel and LNG is a promising option that we should consider. The completion of the study is an important milestone in the development of LNG bunkering in the Port of Singapore and we would like to share this significant progress with the industry," commented Captain M. Segar, assistant chief executive of operations at MPA.

In 2012, the Port of Singapore recorded bunker sales volume of 42.7 million t, retaining its position as the world's top bunkering port. The country’s strong performance in bunker sales is largely thanks to its strategic location at the crossroads of international trade and the industry structure that results in competitive bunker prices and guaranteed quality and safety standards.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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