Shell’s new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunker vessel, the 6,500m3 Cardissa, on it’s delivery voyage from STX Offshore & Shipbuilding’s yard in South Korea to take up bunkering duties in The Netherlands, called into Singapore where Singapore LNG Corporation Pte Ltd (SLNG) successfully performed its first small scale Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Gas-Up/Cool-Down and Reload at its Terminal on Jurong Island.
The operation was carried out from 18-20 June 2017 for the newly built bunker vessel, owned by Shell and co-financed by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility, that will serve customers in Northwest Europe.
Although the 6,500m3 Cardissa was dwarfed by the SLNG Terminal’s Secondary Jetty, designed to accommodate LNG vessels from 60,000m3 to 265,000m3 in size, the reload operation went as expected. In bunker mode, the Cardissa is capable of refueling vessels at a rate of 1,000m3 per hour, which Shell says is comparable to conventional bunkering times and will lead to the opening up of new marine markets.
Commenting on this event, Mr John Ng, CEO of SLNG, said, “The successful completion of our first small scale LNG reload operation is significant as it demonstrates the SLNG Terminal’s ability to play the role of LNG supply hub for the region. The Terminal is able to break LNG cargoes into smaller parcels and facilitate deliveries of small volumes of LNG to other terminals in the region, or as bunker fuel to ships in our port. We are already looking ahead to further enhance our capabilities in this area, by exploring possible modifications to our Secondary Jetty to accommodate LNG vessels as small as 2,000m3. This is expected to come on-stream in 2019.”
(Source: Singapore LNG Corporation Pte Ltd; Shell)