Port of Singapore to Offer LNG Bunkering
The Port of Singapore launched its first Request for Proposal (RFP) for interested parties to apply for the LNG bunker supplier license, which would allow the licensee to supply LNG bunker to vessels in the Port of Singapore.
In their submissions to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), applicants are to propose an end-to-end LNG bunkering supply solution that details, amongst other things, their bunkering supply and delivery model, LNG sources and marketing plans for the sale of LNG to customers in the Port of Singapore.
Interested applicants for the RFP have until 30 September 2015 to submit their proposals to MPA. The shortlisted proposals will be announced by MPA by end of this year. Details of the RFP can be found on MPA’s website.
As part of efforts to develop LNG bunkering, MPA has been collaborating closely with partner agencies, industry stakeholders and technical experts, to develop LNG bunkering standards, procedures and facilities. Last year, MPA announced commencing work on a pilot program with interested parties of the LNG bunker supply chain to establish operation protocols for LNG bunkering. MPA will also provide funding of up to S$2 million per vessel for up to six LNG-fueled vessels for the pilot program.
Successful applicants of the RFP are expected to supply LNG bunker to support the LNG bunkering Pilot Program that is scheduled to commence in early 2017.
The bunkering industry is an important and integral part of Singapore’s global hub port. With more than 42 million tons of bunker sales last year as the world’s top bunkering port, Singapore plays a key role in powering world shipping and promoting the use of cleaner fuels for ship bunkering.