EPS wraps up its first US LNG bunkering op

Singapore’s Eastern Pacific Shipping has joined forces with LNG giant Shell to complete its first LNG bunkering operation in the US.

The ship-to-ship operation took place at the Galveston offshore anchorage on August 24, according to a social media post by Idan Ofer’s EPS.

During the operation, the 158,000-dwt Suezmax tanker, Starway, received 3,330 cubic meters of of LNG from the Shell-chartered 20,000-cbm bunkering vessel, Avenir Achievement, EPS said.

EPS noted that Starway currently trades in the spot market.

“Given the volatility in LNG pricing, bunkering for spot vessels showcases EPS’ commitment towards decarbonization,” the firm said.

China’s Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) delivered this Suezmax tanker to EPS in September last year.

The vessel is about 274 meters long and 48 meters wide and features MAN ME-GI engines, and two type C LNG tanks.

Following delivery, Starway received LNG fuel from the Petronas-chartered 7,500-cbm, Avenir Advantage, in Malaysia, marking the 50th LNG bunkering operation for EPS.

To date, EPS has performed over 115 LNG bunkering operations.

EPS has already taken delivery of 45 dual-fuel vessels including LNG, LPG, and ethane, with more being built.

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