In a move that advances Singapore’s ambitions to become a major LNG bunkering hub, Pavilion Energy Singapore and Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions (TMFGS) have struck a long-term agreement to jointly develop an LNG bunker supply chain in the port of Singapore
The 10-year deal follows the heads of agreement inked by the two companies in June 2018. The co-operation includes the shared long-term use of the 12,000-m3 GTT Mark III Flex membrane LNG bunker vessel (LNGBV) newbuild that will allow each party to supply LNG bunkering to their respective customers.
“Pavilion Energy is fully committed to leading the maritime industry’s energy transition with LNG as a marine fuel – beginning in Singapore, our home base,” said Pavilion Energy group chief executive Frédéric H Barnaud.
“We are very proud that the co-operation between Pavilion Energy and Total is paving the way towards developing LNG as a marine fuel, especially in Singapore, the largest bunkering hub in the world,” said TMFGS managing director Jerôme Leprince-Ringuet. “With this agreement, we pursue our ambition to build a comprehensive network of supply for this clean marine fuel. It also underscores our commitment to offer our customers the best available and technologically proven solution to significantly reduce the environmental footprint of maritime transport.”
Pavilion Energy has taken several firm steps to invest in and support Singapore’s LNG bunker readiness. In May 2019, it performed Singapore’s first commercial ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation, which comprised a reload of 2,000 m3 of LNG from a small-scale tanker to a receiving heavy-lift commercial vessel. Pavilion Energy also chartered its first LNGBV newbuild from Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd (MOL) in February, with the vessel currently under construction at Sembcorp Marine’s Tuas Boulevard Yard.
Total has built up a number of pioneering advancements in developing LNG as a marine fuel. The 12,000-m3 LNGBV shared with Pavilion Energy will add to the two LNGBVs already chartered by Total from MOL. The first, an 18,600-m3 vessel ordered in February 2018 will be positioned in Rotterdam from 2020, and its sister ship ordered in December 2019 will be positioned in Marseille from 2021.