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BH Global and partners set to develop Singapore’s first hybrid electric marine launch

12 Feb 2020
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BH Global Corporation Limited on Wednesday (12 February) announced it’s 90% owned subsidiary BOS Offshore & Marine Pte Ltd has signed an MOU with strategic project partners Penguin International Limited, Danfoss, Durapower Technology (Singapore) Pte Ltd, and Bureau Veritas Marine (Singapore) Pte Ltd for the joint design, development and construction of Singapore’s first plug-in hybrid electric fast launch.

The scope of cooperation includes integrating hybrid electric solutions, testing and certification. The know-how generated will support Singapore’s push towards the adoption of hybrid electric propulsion systems for its maritime industry.

Under the MoU, the five parties will contribute their respective expertise into the collaborative relationship:

  1. BOS will provide technical and commercial expertise in the development of commercially viable Plug-in Parallel Hybrid Electric Propulsion Systems (“BOS EP System”) for small-to-medium sized vessels for operation in and around Singapore.
  2. Penguin International, a leading designer, builder, owner and operator of aluminium high-speed vessels, will design, construct and commission a newbuild hybrid launch boat with the BOS EP System installed, and will operate the vessel on commercial routes.
  3. Danfoss and Durapower will support the testing and integration of their power drive trains and energy storage systems respectively with the BOS EP System.
  4. BV will review and endorse test facilities and procedures necessary towards certification of the BOS EP System. The hybrid launch will be classed by BV as a hybrid vessel.

In addition, BOS will spearhead further collaborations to develop the BOS Marine Electric Integration Centre, and drive initiatives towards the digitalisation of vessel operations with data analytics capabilities and smart connectivity features, and the development of a complete electrification ecosystem in Singapore.

“It is a great honour to partner with Penguin International and other industry players with solid expertise in their respective fields.”says Vincent Lim, Chief Executive Officer of BH Global.

“ This collaboration is a significant stride for BH Global towards its goal of delivering environmentally friendly and commercially viable solutions for the local maritime industry – contributing positively to Singapore’s push towards reduction of carbon emissions and environmental sustainability in local maritime operations” 

“Most importantly, we are working collaboratively with Singaporean homegrown companies towards the realisation of this goal, putting Singapore on the world map as a global maritime member with the ability to deliver technologically advanced solutions towards the global goal of reducing carbon emissions.”

“Penguin is honoured to team up with like-minded companies like BH Global, Danfoss, Durapower and Bureau Veritas in this landmark project,” adds James Tham, Penguin International’s Managing Director. 

“We are mindful of the role we play in Singapore’s marine ecosystem. This privately funded collaborative partnership is the best way forward in commercialising proven technologies in marine hybrid propulsion for the benefit of Singapore.”


Photo credit: BH Global
Published: 12 February, 2020

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