DNV takes part in study on methanol bunkering for Singapore

Classification society DNV has joined a working group aiming to develop a technical reference (TR) for bunkering of methanol for Singapore, the world’s largest bunkering centre.

DNV announced at Singapore Maritime Week that it has joined the multi-stakeholder working group on methanol bunkering led by the Standards Development Organization at the Singapore Chemical Industry Council (SCIC-SDO).

The SCIC, which was appointed as the standards development organization by Enterprise Singapore, formed the Working Group on Standard Development for Methanol Bunkering in consultation with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

The working group includes government authorities, bunker suppliers, bunker boat operators, engine manufacturers, testing and certification bodies, shipowners and operators, terminal operators and classification societies such as DNV.

The technical reference (TR) that the group is developing will cover the custody transfer requirements (quantity and quality) for the supply of methanol as bunker fuel. It will examine all aspects of bunkering, from bunker tankers to receiving vessels, examining the operational and safety requirements for bunkering methanol, as well as crew training and competence.

“Initiatives like the working group set up by SCIC-SDO are essential as the energy transition accelerates and the maritime industry moves towards a multi-fuel future”said Cristina Saenz de Santa Maria, Regional Manager South East Asia, Pacific & India at DNV Maritime.

“For methanol and other alternative fuels to continue to gain traction in shipping, we need to build trust and encourage wider adoption. This can only be achieved through standards that increase security while providing a comprehensive and practical framework for all stakeholders. At DNV we have worked with our customers on alternative fuels to improve the sustainability of their operations for many years and are very proud to be included in the Standards Working Group.”

The announcement of the development of the TR comes with record-breaking orders for ships that can use alternative fuels. DNV’s Alternative Fuels Insight (AFI) platform, which tracks orders and bunker locations for alternative fuels, recorded orders for 35 methanol-powered ships in 2022 – more than the 26 ships currently in service. Also for LNG, the most popular alternative fuel to date, the newbuilding orders in 2021 and 2022 will more than double the fleet in use at the time of delivery.

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