Southeast Asia’s first LNG bunkering and supply vessel (LNGBV) Avenir Advantage recently completed its first refuelling operation, bunkering the dual-fuel, pure car truck carrier (PCTC) SIEM Aristotle
Avenir LNG subsidiary Avenir (L) Pte Ltd delivered Avenir Advantage to operator Future Horizon (L) Pte Ltd, a joint venture company between MISC Berhad and Avenir LNG Limited.
Petronas LNG has chartered Avenir Advantage from Future Horizon for three years.
Following its maiden voyage from China, Avenir Advantage completed the commissioning of the LNG reloading equipment on the floating storage unit Tenaga Satu and bunkered SIEM Aristotle. Avenir Advantage will supply the region’s LNG-fuelled vessels and small-scale LNG projects.
Avenir LNG chief executive Milorad Doljanin said “We are very proud to deliver the first dedicated LNG bunker vessel in southeast Asia. With the backing of Petronas’ LNG supply infrastructure, LNG is undeniably a reliable and cost-effective solution to meeting the sulphur cap regulations set by the International Maritime Organisation in 2020.”
Added Mr Doljanin, “Further to providing LNG as a bunker fuel, the delivery of Avenir Advantage means Petronas now has the infrastructure in place to support the rapid deployment of small-scale supply chains and we are proud to be working with Petronas as envisaged under our previously announced arrangements.”
Avenir Advantage is the first of two ships ordered from Keppel Nantong Shipyard. Its sister vessel, Avenir Accolade, is expected to be delivered early 2021 to Hygo Energy Transition (formerly Golar Power) for use in Brazil under a three-year charter.
Avenir LNG will expand its fleet with a further four LNGBVs – two 7,500-m3 and two 20,000-m3 vessels under construction in China, and is constructing the HIGAS LNG import facility, with storage capacity of 10,800 m3, in Sardinia, Italy.
Mr Doljanin will be one of the many high-powered presenters at LNG Ship/Shore Interface, Europe Virtual Conference, 19-20 November 2020. Find out more details here.