The feasibility study will focus on technical details, such as fuel tank capacities and refuelling requirements, to assess the feasibility of running LNG-fuelled car carriers between Japan, the world’s top LNG importer and Singapore, which has the world’s biggest bunkering port.
Khaw Boon Wan, Singapore’s Minister for Transport, said: “…the joint study on the feasibility of LNG bunkering for car carriers between Japan and Singapore offers great promise. It extends bilateral cooperation to shipping and raises bilateral cooperation to new level.”
Major shipping companies
Conducted by a working group led by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Ports and Harbours Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism of Japan (MLIT), the study will involve Japanese shipping companies Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL).
The study is one of the activities being jointly undertaken as part of the Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) signed by MPA and MLIT in April.
The MOC will see the organisations cooperate in port planning, port management and technological development.
MPA and MLIT have also signed a multilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to widen the network of LNG bunker-ready ports in Europe, US and Asia.
Japan and Singapore are both preparing for LNG bunkering operations using trucks and are now looking into the next phase of LNG bunkering for ocean-going vessels.
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