Historic first bunker fuelling for LNG-fuelled Newcastlemax

Source: press release, 10 February 2022

‘Mount Tourmaline’, first of 13 ABS Class Newcastlemax Vessels Ordered by Eastern Pacific Shipping
‘Mount Tourmaline’, first of 13 ABS Class Newcastlemax Vessels Ordered by Eastern Pacific Shipping (photo: EPS)

The first LNG-fueled Newcastlemax bulk carrier in an order of 13 ABS-Classed vessels for Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) has taken on its first load of LNG bunker fuel at Singapore.

The 209,936 DWT dual-fuel vessel, Mount Tourmaline, was built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., China and delivered to EPS on January 28, 2022.

“ABS is proud to be able to use our extensive experience of LNG as a marine fuel to support EPS with its decarbonisation strategy. The vessel’s first fueling with LNG is a significant moment in the project to deliver 13 of these innovative vessels which, together, will represent a significant reduction in carbon emissions and cleaner operations,” says Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO.

“Our fleet of dual-fuel LNG Newcastlemax vessels will play a major role in our decarbonisation efforts and the industry’s energy transition. These ships prove that significant emission reduction is available today when like-minded partners work together. This milestone LNG bunkering in Singapore marks the start of a new era in global dry bulk shipping. It also represents the strong partnership and aligned values between EPS and ABS. We are pleased to work alongside ABS as we continue to find innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint,” says Captain Anil Singh, EPS Chief Operating Officer.

The ABS Guide for Gas and Other Low-Flashpoint Fuel Ready Vessels is available for download here.