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After plumbing the depths in 2016, reduce emissions of pollutants nitrogen oxide capacity of 5,800 cubic metres, will be chartered
the global shipbuilding industry is
recovering on increasing orders. While the industry remains highly challenging, newbuilding orders have strengthened across all sectors, with bulk carriers leading the way. Newbuilding prices have edged higher in tandem with the improving market.
A niche shipbuilder, Singapore has been lifted by the rising tide, securing contracts for tugs, dredgers and ferries. Shipyards have also bene tted from impending IMO regulations governing carbon emissions. By using LNG instead of fuel oil or marine gasoil, ships can
and sulphur oxide by 90 to 95%.
LNG powered tugs are also required to provide ship escort and handling services within Singapore waters. As LNG will be part of the bunker fuel mix in Singapore, the world’s largest bunkering port, LNG bunker vessels will have to be built.
To kick-start the use of LNG as a marine fuel, the MPA has co-funded the construction of eight LNG-fuelled vessels. Half of the funding is being utilised to support the building of LNG- fuelled tugs while the other half is earmarked for LNG bunker vessels. Keppel Singmarine completed the  rst two dual fuel harbour tugs for Keppel SMIT Towage and Maju Maritime in May and September 2018.
Keppel Singmarine together with ShturmanKoshelev LLC, has also secured a contract for the design and construction of an ice-class LNG bunker vessel built to Keppel O&M’s proprietary MTD 5800V LNG design. When completed in late 2120, the vessel, which will have an Ice Class Arc 4 notation and a cargo
to Gazpromneft Marine Bunker for operations in the Baltic Sea.
Over at Sembcorp Marine, plans are being rolled out to design and build up to 12 hybrid tugs to replace its existing diesel-powered ones in line with the company’s intent to future-proof its Tuas Boulevard Yard. The  rst tug is expected to be ready for operation by 2021.
Apart from LNG, Singapore yards also won contracts to:
• Construct two dual-fuel dredgers for Van Oord with an option for a third with a hopper capacity of 10,500 cubic metres. A key requirement is that the trialing hopper suction dredger must be capable of running on LNG; and
• Design and build three battery-powered roll-on/roll-off passenger (ro-pax) ferries for Norled with a capacity for 300 passengers and 80 cars. The plug-in ferries are designed to operate on zero emissions battery power at a speed of 10 knots, with a hybrid battery/diesel mode as back-up.

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