Singapore’s first methanol bunker vessel handed over

Caption: The "Maple" will supply ships in the port of Singapore with methanol

Stellar Shipmanagement Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Energy Group, has today taken delivery of a methanol bunkering vessel.

The vessel, named “Maple”, is the first chemical and oil tanker to bunker methanol exclusively. It will be operated in the port of Singapore. The classification society Bureau Veritas has classified the 4,000 dwt ship as IMO Type 2. [ds_preview]

The “Maple” was built by Sasaki Shipbuilding in Hiroshima. She was handed over today in Osakikamijima, Japan.

The vessel is equipped with a twin-screw propulsion system, a flow boom and a mass flow measurement system and fulfills the current MPA approval requirements for oil product bunker tankers. The vessel’s cargo tanks are specially coated with inorganic zinc silicates for the transportation of methanol.

Global Energy Trading Pte Ltd (GET) is the trading arm of the Global Energy Group. GET is an MPA-approved bunker supplier in Singapore and the UAE and offers a wide range of marine fuels, which will include biofuel and methanol from 2024. The new bunker tanker will join the GET fleet by the end of 2023.

Stellar Shipmanagement is a ship manager for oil and chemical tankers, providing full technical management and manning services exclusively for Global Energy Group’s fleet of 20 tankers.

Second methanol bunker to follow

A second vessel, “Kara”, ordered by the Group, was already launched at Sasaki Shipbuilding on November 29, 2023 and is scheduled for delivery in March 2024.

With the construction of the first methanol bunkering tanker, GET, Stellar Shipmanagement and Bureau Veritas are now part of a working group, led by the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), to introduce a new bunkering procedure for the safe handling and delivery of methanol as marine fuel to vessels bunkering in the Port of Singapore.

Die »Maple« wird Schiffe im Hafen von Singapur mit Methanol versorgen
The “Maple” will supply methanol to ships in the port of Singapore

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