Singapore-based Sinanju Tankers has launched the country’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered conventional bunker tanker Marine Vicky.

The 7,990dwt vessel has been built by Keppel Offshore & Marine (O&M) subsidiary Keppel Nantong Shipyard.

The ship will be deployed to supply marine fuels to ocean-going ships within the limits of Singapore port.

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) CEO Quah Ley Hoon attended the ship naming ceremony.

Hoon said: “This is Singapore’s first bunker tanker to run on LNG and signifies the emphasis that Singapore is placing on developing Singapore into an LNG-bunkering hub, as the industry gains momentum to adopt LNG as a marine fuel.”

The 103m-long and 19m-wide ship features a 55m³ LNG tank and a fuel gas supply system that helps to deliver LNG to the engine.

The tanker has been equipped with pipelines and tanks to help carry multiple grades of marine fuel cargo.

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Keppel O&M New Builds executive director Tan Leong Peng said: “We are at the forefront in providing environmental solutions in the marine industry, enabling us to support Sinanju with our dual-fuel vessel solutions.

“This bunker tanker will be the third dual-fuel vessel to be delivered by Keppel O&M. The dual-fuel technology enables more sustainable and economical operations with more efficient fuel consumption, and underlines our ability to consistently provide value-added solutions.”

The tanker has been designed by Singapore-based ship design and consultancy firm SeaTech Solutions International.

By the first quarter of 2020, the bunker will become operational under the two-year time-charter agreement with ExxonMobil Asia Pacific.