Shell, Keppel partner with CMA CGM for first LNG bunkering op with Singapore’s newbuild

Singapore’s first LNG bunkering ship FueLNG Bellina, owned by Keppel Offshore & Marine and Shell, has completed its maiden operation by delivering the fuel to a CMA CGM containership.

The operation also marks the first ship-to-containership LNG bunkering operation in Asia, according to a joint statement.

During the operation, FueLNG Bellina delivered 7,100 cbm of liquefied natural gas to the 15,000 TEU CMA CGM Scandola.

The containership is the first of six new 15,000 TEU LNG-powered containerships which CMA CGM Group has lined-up for bunkering in Singapore this year, the statement said.

It is also the first vessel in Asia to conduct simultaneous container loading and discharging operations alongside LNG bunkering operations, shortening port stay time, they said.

These six ships will work on CMA CGM’s MEX 1 service between Asia and the Mediterranean.

In addition, this operation marks the first bunkering operation for FueLNG Bellina.

FueLNG took delivery of the vessel at Keppel’s Nantong yard in early January after it departed to Singapore, where it started its commercial operations.

The 7,500-cbm dual-fuel bunkering vessel enables Shell and Keppel to be the first to provide regular ship-to-ship LNG bunkering services within the Singapore port.

FueLNG said it aims to provide a total of about 30 to 50 ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operations in 2021, extending its track record of over 300 truck-to-ship bunkering operations so far.

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