Jan 29, 2024 | Shipbuilding & ship repair news

Seatrium has announced the successful delivery of ‘Brassavola’, Singapore’s first membrane LNG bunker vessel built locally by the Group, to owner Indah Singa Maritime, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL).

Brassavola will be chartered by Pavilion Energy to supply LNG bunkers in the Port of Singapore. The vessel, which is expected to commence operations in February 2024, will be deployed by TotalEnergies Marine Fuels to serve its customers under a long-term agreement with Pavilion Energy.

Brassavola, constructed based on a proprietary design by LMG Marin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seatrium, adds to the Group’s portfolio of LNG bunker vessel designs of various capacities. Measuring 116.5m in length and 22.0m in width, the vessel incorporates technology including superior loading and faster bunkering rate of up to 2,000m3/hr, mass flow metering and online gas chromatograph systems, for improved bunkering turnover and enhanced operational efficiency.

Brassavola utilises dual-fuel engines, allowing the vessel to run on marine LNG for cleaner and lower-carbon operation. The vessel’s reliquefaction technology enables more efficient boil-off gas management, which reduces carbon emissions. The LNG bunker vessel features two GTT Mark III Flex membrane tanks with lower internal pressure, temperature and boil-off rate, enabling greater tank durability, safer fuel transfer operations and reduced cargo loss through evaporation. The twin membrane tanks are optimised to be lighter and space-saving to allow for a larger cargo carrying capacity and greater fuel efficiency during transportation.

Kazuya Hamazaki, Managing Executive Officer MOL, said: “We are delighted to achieve the successful delivery of Brassavola with our strategic partners at Pavilion Energy and Seatrium. This achievement would not have been possible without the unwavering dedication

and collaboration of our partners. The completion of the Brassavola is a significant step forward in transitioning towards the use of cleaner and decarbonised fuels like LNG in Singapore. We look forward to seeing Brassavola in operations very soon, setting new standards in LNG bunkering and further strengthening Singapore’s position as a global LNG bunkering hub.”

Malcolm Lim, Division Head of Singapore Hub, Pavilion Energy said: “The delivery of Singapore’s first membrane LNG Bunker Vessel, Brassavola, represents a transformative step for Pavilion Energy’s decarbonisation journey, and paves the way for a more sustainable maritime industry. We are pleased to be working with our strategic partners to reach this milestone and look forward to commencing the vessel’s operations. Brassavola complements our global LNG bunker supply network and reinforces our commitment to provide customers with cleaner marine bunkering solutions.”

Louise Tricoire, VP TotalEnergies Marine Fuels, added: “We are thrilled to receive the Brassavola, which will enable us to commence the supply of marine LNG to our customers in Singapore. The Brassavola plays an important part in our global LNG bunker strategy and in our ambition to help the shipping industry decarbonise using a range of low carbon fuels. Her arrival will complement our current LNG bunker services in the European hubs of Rotterdam and Marseille, as we take our LNG bunker expertise into new markets.”

William Gu, EVP Seatrium Oil & Gas (International), said: “We are pleased to mark the delivery of Brassavola, the first membrane LNG bunker vessel that is designed and built in Singapore by Seatrium, embodying our core values of innovation, safety and environmental sustainability. The completion of this LNG bunker vessel with zero loss[1]time incident reinforces our track record in cleaner energy solutions that support the global energy transition. We are proud to play a significant role in advancing Singapore’s maritime decarbonisation ambitions and look forward to the Brassavola contributing to this cause.”

Image: ‘Brassavola’ (source: Seatrium)

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