Keppel Offshore & Marine (O&M) subsidiary, Keppel Singmarine, named southeast Asia’s first LNG-fuelled tug at its Singapore shipyard. KST Liberty is an azimuthing stern drive (ASD), harbour and terminal tug that has up to 65 tonnes of bollard pull.
It will be operated by Keppel Smit Towage to provide ship escort and handling services in Singapore. It was built to Keppel’s proprietary design with dual-fuel engines to allow it to use diesel as a pilot and when gas is not available.
But, when gas can be supplied from a specialised bunkering facility, it will be used during operations to reduce emissions from the tugboat.
Singapore’s permanent secretary at the Ministry of Transport Loh Ngai Seng witnessed the naming ceremony at Keppel Singmarine on 25 April.
“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,” he said, adding that this project was part of Maritime Port Authority (MPA)’s LNG bunkering pilot programme.
“Such partnerships bring us closer to our goal of cleaner and more sustainable marine fuels,” Mr Loh said.
LNG fuel will be supplied from Shell’s extensive production portfolio in Asia and Australia. Shell Eastern Petroleum and Keppel O&M have formed joint venture, FueLNG, for LNG bunkering services to be conducted at Jurong Port. Its LNG bunkering will also be offered to other gas-fuelled vessels in Singapore.
More information on this tug and Singapore’s other marine operational innovations will be featured in the upcoming issue of Tug Technology & Business.