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Wednesday, October 3, 2018 

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has revealed initiatives to support R&D in alternative fuels to prepare Singapore’s bunker industry ahead of the implementation of IMO’s global sulphur cap which enters into force in January 2020.

Announced by Senior Minister of State, Dr Lam Pin Min, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health (pictured), in his opening address at the Singapore International Bunkering Conference and Exhibition (SIBCON), he said that the amongst a raft of measures the MPA will publish an information sheet on the list of licensed bunker suppliers of low-sulphur fuels in Singapore by mid-2019.  The information sheet will be made available online.  

Several bunker suppliers and oil majors including Shell, ExxonMobil and BP have also affirmed their readiness to supply 0.5 per cent compliant fuels by 1 January 2020, according to the MPA.

A key element of initiative will be the formation of a new work group aimed at establishing an industry “road map” to prepare the Singapore bunker industry for the future. Chaired by MPA, the work group will evaluate key drivers such as digitalisation and innovation, and transparency and productivity in the sector. The roadmap is pencilled in for completion by the fourth quarter 2019.  

Andrew Tan, Chief Executive, MPA said: “In light of the International Maritime Organization’s global sulphur limit from 1 January 2020, Singapore is committed to ensure a sufficient and broad range of solutions available to ship owners. As the world’s leading bunkering hub, MPA will continue working closely with all stakeholders to ensure that Singapore is well positioned for 2020 and beyond.”

In 2014, the MPA formed an international focus group to deepen cooperation and information sharing on LNG bunkering. Since then, the LNG bunkering port focus group has grown from three to 11 participants, providing guidance to the industry on the readiness of LNG bunkering facilities at each port.

To add greater impetus towards making LNG bunkering a reality, today the MPA also welcomed the Suez Canal Economic Zone Authority, the first member from Middle East, into the focus group. The expansion was formalised via an MoU signing during the SIBCON opening ceremony. The addition of Suez Canal Economic Zone Authority will strengthen efforts towards building a global network of LNG bunker ready ports. 

Beyond the use of LNG as a marine fuel in the Port of Singapore, the MPA has allocated S$5 million to the Green Energy Programme (GEP) to support the development of other cleaner alternative marine fuels. Companies can tap on the fund to carry out various activities including the conduct of research and development for cleaner marine fuel solutions in Singapore.  

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