A Study on LNG Bunkering to be Carried Out by Singapore and Japan

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In an effort to increase LNG bunkering in Asia, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and the Ports and Harbours Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism of Japan, are in collaboration to study LNG bunkering for car carriers plying between Japan and Singapore.

The announcement was made by the two organisations on Monday at the inaugural Singapore and Japan Port Seminar. They conveyed that they will helm a working group to conduct a feasibility study on LNG bunkering for car carriers plying between Japan and Singapore. Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Japan’s three big shippers are reportedly part of the working group. As the world’s largest bunkering port, Singapore is playing a crucial role in promoting LNG Bunkering.

The advantage of LNG variants is that the emission of particles and nitrogen oxide is considerably lesser than vessels using other fuels. Also, they have no detectable sulphur to speak of.

Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for Transport of Singapore, said, “This is an opportunity for Singapore and Japan to co-lead in a global search for solutions to make shipping greener.”

Mr Keiichi Ishii, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan, added, “I believe that Singapore, the world’s top bunkering port, and Japan, the world’s top LNG importer, have the responsibility to contribute to the development of global shipping through jointly promoting the use of LNG as marine fuel.”

The study will focus on technical details, such as fuel tank capacities and refueling requirements, to assess the feasibility of running LNG-fueled car carriers between the two countries, MPA said.

The MPA and MLIT also signed a multilateral memorandum of understanding in October last year to widen the network of LNG bunker-ready ports in Europe, US and Asia.

In 2014, the MPA created a focus group, which consisted of the Antwerp Port Authority, the Port of Rotterdam, and Port Zeebrugge. It now encompasses 11 ports and maritime administrations across Asia, Europe and North America.