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Awilco LNG says no bunker fuel spill after WilForce hit by ship off Singapore

Norway’s Awilco LNG said no crew injuries or spill has been reported after its LNG vessel–WilForce– was hit by another vessel off Singapore on May 30.

The WilForce is now en-route to a yard in Singapore for class inspection and hull repairs, it said in a press release late Monday.

It is currently unclear how long the vessel will be offhire, Awilco said.

“The vessel has full insurance cover for repair expenses and loss of hire, subject to a deductible,” the company added.

The WilForce is a 156,007 cubic meter tri-fuel diesel electric propulsion, or TFDE membrane, LNG vessel with a DWT of 87,750 mt, according to the company’s website.

“Based on a preliminary assessment of facts, Awilco LNG holds the other vessel fully and completely liable for the collision, and the company expects to recover all costs, losses and expenses including deductibles in due course,” Awilco said.

Singapore’s waterways are one of the busiest in the world. A ship arrives or leaves the Port of Singapore in every two-three minutes.

Singapore is also the world’s largest bunkering port and its annual bunker sales volumes were close to 50 million mt in 2018.
Source: Platts

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