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KEPPEL DELIVERS SECOND LNG-POWERED TUG TO SINGAPORE

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 

Maju Maritime, now division of Keppel Smit Towage, has taken delivery of Maju Loyalty, the second LNG-fuelled tug delivered to the owner from Keppel Singmarine.

Maju Loyalty follows the completion of South East Asia and Singapore's first LNG-powered tug, KST Liberty, in May 2018 by Keppel O&M. Built to Keppel's award-winning proprietary design, both tugs offer economical operations, efficient fuel consumption, a simplified bunkering process, and smart designs which enhance safety and comfort. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore had provided co-funding of up to S$2 million for each tug as part of its LNG Bunkering Pilot Programme (LBPP) grant.

Romi Kaushal, Managing Director of Maju Maritime and Keppel Smit Towage said: "This dual-fuel tug is a welcome addition to our fleet of tugboats as we look to do our part in reducing carbon dioxide and sulphur oxide emissions.

“It is a step in the right direction as the industry adjusts to the International Maritime Organisation's global cap of 0.5% on the sulphur content of marine fuel. This project is a testament to Keppel's innovation and reliability, and we look forward to furthering this partnership."

The dual-fuel tug is equipped with containerised, type-C ISO-certified LNG tanks on the main deck, as well as a patented LNG vaporiser which is compact and cost-effective. Re-fuelling of the LNG tanks can be done by truck to ship operations or replacing the empty tanks with replenished ones.

Abu Bakar, Managing Director (Gas & Specialised vessels), Keppel O&M, said: "Leveraging our newbuild experience and capabilities in LNG, we were able to ensure the smooth execution and timely delivery of this project.

“This is the second dual-fuel tug built by Keppel O&M, and furthers our track record in the design and construction of cost and energy efficient LNG-fuelled vessels. The award-winning tug design is part of a suite of solutions that Keppel O&M can provide as the industry increasingly adopts LNG as a marine fuel."

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