EPS says completes bunkering op for world’s first LNG-powered Suezmax

Idan Ofer’s Eastern Pacific Shipping has completed the first LNG bunkering operation for what it says is the world’s first LNG dual-fuel Suezmax tanker.

The supply of 1,500mt of LNG took place at Malaysia’s Port of Pengerang on July 4 following the vessel’s delivery from China’s Guangzhou Shipyard International on June 28.

EPS said in a statement it had completed the delivery and LNG bunkering with support from various industry partners, including marine fuel supplier, Peninsula, who partnered with Petronas Marine to perform the LNG bunker supply.

Also, the Petronas-chartered 7,500-cbm Avenir Advantage supplied the fuel to the newbuild tanker.

Reliance chartered Greenway for its maiden voyage

According to EPS, India’s Reliance Industries chartered the 158,000-dwt Greenway for its maiden voyage to carry a cargo of ultra low sulphur diesel which will be loaded at their terminal in Jamnagar.

The vessel would then continue to trade in the spot market, the Singapore-based shipping firm said.

EPS says completes bunkering op for world's first LNG-powered Suezmax
Image: Eastern Pacific Shipping

Adding Greenway to EPS’ fleet further strengthens the company’s position at the “forefront of the industry’s energy transition”.

With dual-fuel vessels across EPS’ three core segments of containerships, dry bulk carriers, and tankers, the company continues to use alternative marine fuels to lower its emissions today, it said.

The Suezmax also proves that having dual-fuel tonnage across various vessel types and segments “is achievable, viable, and sustainable,” it said.

Greenway is the first of two dual-fuel LNG Suezmaxes. EPS expects to take delivery of its sister vessel, Starway, from GSI in August this year.

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