Singapore port authority seeks methanol bunker supply proposals

Singapore has received its first dedicated methanol bunker vessel, the Maple (IMO 9985318). The new bunkering vessel will help to accelerate the deployment of methanol as a marine fuel, while also expanding on Singapore’s role as the world’s largest bunker port, port officials said.

The 4,000 dwt Maple was built by Japan’s Sasaki Shipbuilding as part of an argument signed 14 months ago in Japan involving Global Energy Trading and its subsidiary Stellar Ship Management Services. Bureau Veritas participated in the project and classed the vessel.

The ship’s cargo tanks are specifically coated with inorganic zinc silicates specifically chosen to support the operation as a methanol bunker vessel. The Maple is an IMO Type 2 chemical and oil tanker equipped with twin-screw propulsion, a flow boom and a mass flow metering system.

The vessel will go into service in early 2024 operated by Global Energy and is part of the company’s efforts to expand its offering with dedicated capabilities in biofuel and methanol. A sister vessel, the Kara (IMO 1014228), was launched at Sasaki Shipbuilding last month and is scheduled for delivery in March 2024.

“The delivery of Singapore’s first dedicated methanol bunkering vessel is an important step to support the adoption of alternative low-carbon fuels by shipping,” said David Barrow, Vice-President South Asia and Pacific, Marine & Offshore for Bureau Veritas. “By enabling the delivery of methanol to vessels calling at Singapore, the new vessel will contribute to developing the industry’s supply and bunkering capabilities, which are essential in order to scale up those fuels and ensure their availability.”

2023-built, Singapore-flagged, 2,999 gt Maple is owned by Gea-Mike Pte Ltd care of Stellar Shipmanagement Services Pte Ltd of Singapore.

2024-built, Singapore-flagged, 2,999 gt Kara is owned by Gea-Kilo Pte Ltd care of Stellar Shipmanagement Services of Singapore.