Keppel Offshore & Marine, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Keppel Singmarine, is on track to deliver South East Asia’s first dual-fuel LNG tug to Keppel Smit Towage on time and with a perfect safety record. The vessel was named KST Liberty at a ceremony held at Keppel Singmarine, with Loh Ngai Seng, Permanent Secretary at Singapore’s Ministry of Transport as the Guest of Honour. The 65-tonne bollard pull LNG dual-fuel Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) tug was built to Keppel’s proprietary design.
Loh Ngai Seng said, “Today’s christening of KST Liberty marks an important milestone in Singapore’s journey to make LNG bunkering available at our port as early as 2020. I congratulate Keppel O&M and Keppel Smit Towage for taking the lead, under MPA’s LNG Bunkering Pilot Program, to build and operate Singapore’s first LNG-fueled vessel. Such partnerships bring us closer to our goal of cleaner and more sustainable marine fuels.”
Abu Bakar, Managing Director (Gas & Specialized vessels) of Keppel O&M, said, “We are pleased to support Keppel Smit Towage and the industry’s push towards adopting LNG as marine fuel with this upcoming delivery of South East Asia and Singapore’s first LNG-powered tug. Our award-winning dual-fuel tug design offers more economical operations with efficient fuel consumption; a simplified bunkering process; optimized deck space that increases the safety and comfort of the crew; and ease of operations.”
Smart designs were incorporated to enhance the tug’s safety and comfort. The LNG fuel is carried in containerized, type-C ISO-certified tanks on the main deck, and refueling can be done by truck to ship operations or replacing the empty tanks with replenished ones. It is equipped with an innovative and patented LNG vaporizer which is compact and cost-effective.
Shell will be supplying the LNG fuel to KST Liberty while FueLNG, a joint venture between Keppel O&M and Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd., will be providing the LNG bunkering services. The LNG bunkering will be conducted at Jurong Port which is able to support LNG bunkering operations.