Petronas supplies first LNG cargo to marine-fuel vessel ahead of new mandate

SINGAPORE: Malaysias state energy firm Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) today supplied its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo to a newly built LNG marine fuel supply vessel ahead of a new mandate for ships to switch to cleaner fuels in 2020.

Petronas LNG, loaded the cargo onto the worlds largest LNG bunker vessel Kairos at the Regasification Terminal Pengerang in Johor, Petronas said in a statement.

We believe that small-scale LNG opportunities will increase from the utilisation of alternative cleaner fuel such as LNG, Petronas LNG CEO Ezhar Yazid Jaafar said.

Shipowners are seeking cleaner fuels, including LNG, to meet new regulations imposed by the International Maritime Organisation in January 2020 that cap the sulphur content of ship fuel, also known as bunkers, at 0.5%.

The Kairos has a capacity of 7,500 cubic metres of LNG, and it stopped in Malaysia to refuel while making its way from South Koreas Hyundai ....

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