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Keppel on track to deliver LNG dual-fuel bunker tanker

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Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) has announced that – through its wholly-owned subsidiary Keppel Nantong Shipyard Co. Ltd – it is on track to deliver Singapore’s first dual-fuel bunker tanker on time and with a perfect safety record.

According to the statement, the tanker was named Marine Vicky at a ceremony that took place today in Keppel Nantong, China. The vessel is owned and operated by Sinanju Tankers Holdings Pte Ltd, and will deliver marine fuels to ocean-going vessels within Singapore port limits. It is Sinanju’s first dual-fuel bunker tanker.

Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), said: “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. 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.”

Tan Leong Peng, Executive Director (New Builds), Keppel O&M, added: “We are at the forefront in providing environmental solutions in the marine industry, enabling us to support Sinanju with our dual-fuel vessel solutions. This bunker tanker will be the third dual-fuel vessel to be delivered by Keppel O&M. The dual-fuel technology enables more sustainable and economical operations, with more efficient fuel consumption, and underlines our ability to consistently provide value-added solutions.”

Ju Kai Meng, Managing Director of Sinanju Tankers Holdings, said: “The engineering expertise and customer-focused approach of Keppel O&M has been integral in this project. Marine Vicky represents the start of our green initiative for bunker tankers operating in Singapore, and we look forward to its delivery later this year.”

The 7990 DWT, 103 m long, 19 m wide vessel features as a 55 m3 LNG tank with a fuel gas supply system on deck to supply gas to the engine, and has been constructed according to Bureau Veritas requirements. In addition to this, the vessel is also fitted with pipelines and tanks that enable it to carry multiple grades of marine fuel cargo.

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