Bunkering standard backs LNG use
The first Singapore Technical Reference (TR) 56 for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering has been established to help establish Singapore port as a leading LNG bunkering hub.
The standard, launched by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), SPRING Singapore and the Standards Development Organisation @ Singapore Chemical Industry Council (SDO@SCIC), is designed to offer a safe, efficient, sustainable and transparent framework for LNG bunkering operations in Singapore.
Captain M Segar, assistant chief executive (operations) at MPA, said: “While it may take time for LNG to take off as a marine fuel globally, we have taken steps to kick-start LNG bunkering in Singapore through our LNG Bunkering Pilot Programme, one of them being the development of TR 56. The document will ensure Pavilion Gas1 and FueLNG, MPA’s two appointed LNG bunker supplier licensees, conduct LNG bunkering operations of high quality with regards to safety as well as quantity and quality assurance.”
MPA’s LNG bunkering pilot programme commenced earlier this year and will utilise TR 56 to guide the implementation of operational protocols by licensed LNG bunkering suppliers and offer greater assurance to local and international LNG bunker buyers, as well as promote environmental sustainability.
Michael Chia, chairman of FueLNG Pte Ltd, said: “The Technical Reference provides strong guidance to LNG bunker licence holders on the operating parameters of LNG Bunkering.”
The initiative is expected to unlock new business opportunities in services such as LNG trading and storage.