Singapore develops LNG bunkering standardNews // November 25, 2013
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 and have consolidated information on key areas that need to be addressed before LNG bunkering can take place.
These five key areas are:
1. LNG bunkering standards and procedures within the port’s limits.
2. Technical requirements and specifications for lng bunker tankers and receiving vessels with regard to transfer system, fittings and safety equipment.
3. Safety standards for lng bunkering operations.
4. Identification of safety exclusion zones and emergency procedures.
5. Competency standards for personnel handling lng bunkering.
With this study being completed, MPA is now ready for industry consultation and will be organising sessions for the industry to share their knowledge and best practices for LNG bunkering. The feedback received from the industry consultation sessions will enable Singapore to move forward in offering LNG bunkering services.
“There is an increasing necessity for the shipping industry to look at alternative sources of fuel and LNG is an affordable option that we should consider. With the information from the report, we are in a strong position to offer LNG bunkering in the Port of Singapore and we would like to share this significant progress with the industry”, said Capt 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 a 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.