Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping has reached a new milestone for its dual-fuel fleet with the 100th LNG bunkering operation in Singapore for its managed 210,000 dwt Newcastlemax, Mount Tai. 

Fuel LNG, a joint venture between Seatrium Offshore & Marine and Shell Singapore, deployed its latest LNG bunker vessel, FueLNG Venosa, to provide Mount Tai with 4,887 cubic metres of LNG.

The newcastlemax Mount Tai which is chartered on consecutive voyages with BHP, has a total capacity of 18,000 cubic metres, and the ability to carry out simultaneous cargo handling and bunkering operations.

The newly delivered Mount Tai will be a part of the company´s low carbon emission fleet, transporting iron ore along the green corridor from West Australia to Northeast Asia. The vessel is equipped with ME-GI two-stroke engines that have negligible levels of methane slip.

“This is a historic event for EPS as it proves that the viability and infrastructure to carry out LNG bunkering already exists for those who are willing to take action today. Mount Tai will be our first Newcastlemax to operate in the spot market. With the volatility in LNG pricing, bunkering our managed spot vessels showcases our commitment towards the industry’s energy transition to lower emissions,” shared EPS CEO, Cyril Ducau.

This is the first bunkering operation for FueLNG Venosa, which was built in South Korea’s Hyundai Mipo Dockyard.

Saunak Rai, General Manager of FueLNG, said, “We are delighted to celebrate the first successful LNG bunkering operations of FueLNG Venosa with Mount Tai, alongside the remarkable achievement of our valued customer EPS on completing their 100th LNG bunkering operation.”

Tahir Faruqui, head of Shell DownstreamLNG commented: ”It is great to see EPS investing in new vessels with close-to-zero methane slip, showing that options are available today for those who are serious about avoiding methane emissions.”