Singapore, Japan to do joint study for LNG-fueled car carriers


To promote 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, have formed a working group to do a feasibility study on LNG bunkering for car carriers plying between Japan and Singapore, MPA said in a statement on Monday.

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

Most LNG variants have no detectable sulfur, and emission of particles and nitrogen oxide by LNG-fueled vessels are considerably lower than that of vessels using other marine fuels.

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.

This working group will include Japan's big three shippers -- Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, it added.

Singapore, the world's largest bunkering port, has been at the helm of the initiative to promote LNG bunkering.

A focus group, which was first formed in 2014 by MPA, the Antwerp Port Authority, the Port of Rotterdam, and Port Zeebrugge, now consists of 11 ports and maritime administrations across Asia, Europe and North America.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan became a part of this group in 2016. 

In April, Singapore also launched its first technical reference -- TR56 -- for LNG bunkering. The TR56, with its three parts -- requirements for custody transfer, procedures and safety distances, and competency requirements for personnel -- is essentially aimed at providing a safe and efficient framework for conducting LNG bunkering operations in Singapore. 

Also in April, Singapore LNG Corp. and MPA jointly launched the city-state's first LNG truck loading facility, an important first step in developing the LNG trucking business in Singapore, helping to facilitate truck-to-ship LNG bunkering in the city-port.

Source: Platts 

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