FueLNG, the Shell and Keppel Corp-backed LNG bunkering joint venture, has reached a major milestone with its 100th bunkering operation.

Since May 2018, FueLNG has been providing truck-to-ship LNG bunkering for two dual-fuel tugs operated by Keppel Smit Towage.

It is also able to provide LNG for the commissioning of LNG systems and machinery, and trials for gas-fuelled vessels.

In September 2017, it completed its first operation and provided LNG for the commissioning of Golar LNG’s FLNG Hilli Episeyo.

“This milestone is testament to our ability to provide safe, cost-efficient and reliable LNG bunkering for our clients,” said FueLNG chairman Chris Ong.

“We are optimistic that the industry will increasingly adopt LNG as a marine fuel and look forward to furthering our partnership with industry stakeholders to build a world-class LNG bunkering network in Singapore.”

Tahir Faruqui, head of Shell Global Downstream LNG, added: “By leveraging the strengths of its parent companies, FueLNG is able to provide comprehensive solutions for a range of activities such as LNG bunkering and distribution to industrial and consumer customers.

“The delivery of our LNG bunkering vessel in 2020 is an important step for growing a robust and reliable global LNG fuel supply chain in the years to come as we will be able to increase the availability of LNG with ship-to-ship services for our end clients.”

The two Keppel Smit Towage tugs are reported to have consumed 5% less fuel when using LNG, claim FueLNG.

“We are glad to be one of the leaders in the adoption of LNG as a marine fuel, which has enabled us to not only reduce sulphur oxide emissions but increase our cost-efficiency,” said Keppel Smit Towage managing director Romi Kaushal.

“This milestone proves the commercial and operational viability of LNG, and we look forward to continuing the partnership with FueLNG to enhance bunkering standards and operations,” said

FueLNG is committed to promoting LNG as a marine fuel and in June 2018 placed an order with Keppel to build South East Asia’s first LNG bunkering vessel, which is due to be delievered in the third quarter of 2020.

“This will enable FueLNG to provide ship-to-ship bunkering services to global customers within the Singapore port,” it said.

The KST Liberty (built 2018) one of two LNG dual-fuel tugs operated in Singapore by Keppel Smit Towage. Photo: Keppel Corp