Singapore has taken a significant step forward in the development of the practical operational procedures and standards for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering operations.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and its appointed consultant, Lloyd's Register, have completed its study on the Technical Standards and Procedures for LNG bunkering in the Port of Singapore. The study consolidated information that needs to be addressed before LNG bunkering can take place into five key areas as follow:
• LNG Bunkering Standards and Procedures within the Port's limits
• Technical Requirements and Specifications for LNG bunker tankers and receiving vessels with regard to transfer system, fittings and safety equipment
• Safety Standards for LNG Bunkering operations
• Identification of Safety Exclusion Zones and Emergency Procedures
• Competency Standards for Personnel handling LNG bunkering
Following the completion of the study, MPA will be organising industry consultation sessions to share the results of the study with the maritime industry and seek their feedback. With the industry feedback, MPA will subsequently finalise the LNG bunkering standards for the Port of Singapore.
"There is an increasing need for the shipping industry to look at alternative sources of fuel and LNG is a promising option that we should consider. The completion of the study is an important milestone in the development of LNG bunkering in the Port of Singapore and we would like to share this significant progress with the industry" said Captain M Segar, MPA's Assistant Chief Executive (Operations).
Singapore is recognised for its transparency and places a strong emphasis on the quality of bunkering services and safety standards. In 2012, the Port of Singapore recorded bunker sales volume of 42.7 million tonnes, retaining its position as the world's top bunkering port. Singapore's strong performance in bunker sales can be attributed to its strategic location at the crossroads of international trade and the industry structure that results in competitive bunker prices and assured quality and safety standards.