Ship-to-ship LNG refuelling will now be available at one of the world’s busiest ports, following the delivery of Singapore’s first LNG bunker vessel
FueLNG Bellina will bunker LNG-powered vessels calling at the Port of Singapore, underpinning the country’s aim to develop into a global LNG bunkering hub. With a capacity of 7,500 m3, the LNGBV is owned by FueLNG, a joint venture between Shell Eastern Petroleum and Keppel Offshore & Marine. Based on an MTD 7500 design from Keppel O&M’s KMDTech and built by the Keppel Nantong Shipyard in China, FueLNG Bellina will be highly manoeuvrable, facilitated by two stern azimuth thrusters and one bow thruster. The vessel’s thrusters will allow for ‘crabbing manoeuvres’ during bunkering operations, minimising tug utilisation and in turn reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
With a filling rate of between 100 and 1,000 m3 of LNG per hour, the LNG bunker vessel will be able to refuel vessels at heights ranging from 3 m to 23 m above the water level. This is critical to allow it to fuel a wide range of LNG-fuelled vessels in one of the world’s busiest bunkering hubs.
With dual-fuel propulsion, FueLNG Bellina will also use boil-off gas as fuel for power generation and propulsion, reducing CO2, particulate matter and NOx emissions.
FueLNG Bellina is the second LNG bunkering vessel and fifth dual-fuel vessel delivered by Keppel O&M. This extends Keppel’s track record in solutions across the gas value chain and is line with Keppel’s ‘Vision 2030’, which focuses on opportunities in LNG solutions and renewables.
FueLNG Bellina is also the world’s first bunkering vessel with a Smart Notation for its suite of digital services. Equipped with Keppel O&M’s proprietary VesselCare solutions, these smart functions enable remote monitoring and real-time support of vessel operations.
Awarded the LNG bunker supplier licence by the Singapore Maritime and Port Authority in 2016, FueLNG will also provide LNG bunkering from Singapore’s first dedicated LNG bunkering facility, which will be built by Keppel O&M on its Floating Living Lab, with Shell supplying the LNG to the 3,500-m3 capacity facility when it becomes operational Q4 2021.
Keppel Nantong Shipyard is also building Russia’s first LNG bunker vessel, with delivery of Dmitry Mendeleev set for Q2 2021.
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