Singapore’s first dual-fuel oil bunker tanker was named Marine Vicky at a ceremony at China’s Keppel Nantong Shipyard Co, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine
Maritime Port Authority of Singapore chief executive Quah Ley Hoon, who served as the ship sponsor, said Marine Vicky signifies the emphasis Singapore is placing on developing the country into “an LNG bunkering hub as the industry gains momentum to adopt LNG as a marine fuel.”
Being built to Bureau Veritas class requirements, the 7,990-dwt bunker tanker will deliver marine fuels to ocean-going vessels within Singapore port limits. Measuring 103 m long and 19 m wide, the tanker is equipped with a 55-m3 LNG tank with a fuel gas supply system on deck to supply gas to the engine. The engine will burn either LNG or marine gas oil.
Owned and operated by Sinanju Tankers Holdings Pte Ltd, Marine Vicky will have a carrying capacity of 8,180 m3 and will be able to carry multiple grades of marine fuel for bunkering operations. When delivered in Q4 2019 by Keppel Nantong, Marine Vicky will be the 14th bunker tanker in Sinanju’s fleet.
Keppel O&M executive director (newbuilds) Tan Leong Peng, said Marine Vicky will be the third dual-fuel vessel to be delivered by Keppel O&M. “Dual-fuel technology enables more sustainable and economical operations, with more efficient fuel consumption, and underlines our ability to consistently provide value-added solutions," said Mr Peng.
Sinanju Tankers Holdings managing director Ju Kai Meng 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."
Keppel O&M has delivered two dual-fuel harbour tugs and is currently building eight dual-fuel vessels. Keppel O&M is also an active participant in promoting LNG as a marine fuel. Its joint venture with Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd, FueLNG, is a licenced LNG bunker supplier in Singapore providing safe truck and vessel LNG bunkering solutions.