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BV AiP awarded to Sea Forrest for marine battery developed in Singapore

SEAGEN 11 is the first marinised lithium-ion battery system for marine propulsion to be designed, built, and assembled in Singapore; battery management system was also developed in Singapore.

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Classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) on Thursday (26 October) said it has awarded type approval to Sea Forrest (SF), a provider of specialist marine electric propulsion and energy management solutions, for its Singapore-built SEAGEN 11 modularised marine propulsion battery module system. 

SEAGEN 11 is the first marinised lithium-ion battery system for marine propulsion to be designed, built, and assembled in Singapore. Together with the battery management system, which was also designed, built and programmed in Singapore in collaboration with GenPlus Pte Ltd, the modularised system allows flexibility of installation onboard different marine platforms, confined spaces, and ease of stringing up battery modules to meet various battery voltage requirements.

The type approval from BV confirms that SEAGEN 11 meets the IMO guidelines, which will facilitate its implementation onboard vessels by streamlining the Flag State approvals required for lithium-ion energy storage solutions. This will also support efforts to accelerate the adoption of electric propulsion as part of the broader decarbonisation efforts in the maritime sector, while also enhancing safety at sea.

Bureau Veritas and Sea Forrest are committed to continued collaboration beyond this type approval, exploring the development of high-performance batteries and advanced battery management systems. In addition, the two companies will work together on updating classification rules and standards to ensure relevance and easy application in the rapidly evolving landscape of marine batteries and propulsion technology. This ongoing partnership underscores their joint commitment to driving innovation and advancing the environmental, safety and operational performance of marine batteries.

George Lee, CEO of Sea Forrest, said: "Sea Forrest believes that achieving net-zero in the maritime sector is paramount and inevitable. Aligned with IMO's 2030 and 2050 strategies in charting a course toward a sustainable future, the type-approval from Bureau Veritas for our SEAGEN 11 marinized battery marks a significant milestone for our sustainability efforts in the maritime industry.”

“This certification affirms the viability of our technology as a solution for lowering emissions on both new and existing ships. We hope that this innovation will propel the industry forward towards mass adoption to reduce the maritime carbon footprint.”

David Barrow, Vice President, South Asia, Bureau Veritas M&O, said: Electric propulsion systems are a clear pathway to decarbonization, particularly for short-range and return to base marine operations. Ensuring the safety of battery systems is vital.”

“So, it is with pleasure that we have awarded type approval to Sea Forrest following our rigorous assessment process. It is also great to see future solutions being developed and manufactured in Singapore and we congratulate Sea Forrest on the successful development of this system. We look forward to seeing the technology on BV-classed vessels in the future, reducing greenhouse gas emissions while maximizing performance.”

Photo credit: Bureau Veritas
Published: 27 October, 2023

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BlueBARGE project to pave way for bunkering anchored ships with renewable electricity

Proposal will not only serve ships at anchor, including container ships, tankers and cruise ships, but will also be able to supply power to ships in areas with difficult access to an electricity grid.

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BlueBARGE project to pave way for bunkering anchored ships with renewable electricity

Fundación Valenciaport, an Applied Research, Innovation & Training centre providing services to the port and logistics cluster, on Friday (9 February) said the inaugural meeting of the BlueBARGE project, Blue bunkering of anchored ships with renewable generated electricity, took place in Athens, Greece. 

The project’s main objective is the design and development of an energy barge that will support the supply of electricity to moored and anchored ships.

The BlueBARGE initiative, coordinated by ABS Hellenic Single Member LTD and in which Fundación Valenciaport is actively participating, has a total budget of more than EUR 11 million, co-financed by CINEA’s Horizon Europe programme.

BlueBARGE will play a key role in the transformation of the maritime port sector towards the goals of electrification and decarbonisation, at European and international level.

The barge will limit polluting emissions following a modular, scalable, adaptable and flexible design approach that will facilitate its commercialisation by 2030. It will also address the issues of power supply integration, interconnection of the barge with ships, the port and the local power grid, as well as operational safety and regulatory compliance. In this way, it will offer a complete, high-availability power supply solution.

Among its main advantages is the speed with which it can be deployed in different locations as required. This reduces the need for time-consuming and costly infrastructure upgrades, especially in ports and harbour anchorage areas.

One of the most innovative points of BlueBARGE is the introduction of a novel hybrid concept that will combine the higher energy density of lithium (Li-ion) batteries with the innovative vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) solution, which introduces increased safety and service life.

The proposal will not only serve ships at anchor, including container ships, tankers and cruise ships, but will also be able to supply power to vessels moored in spaces where OPS (Onshore Power Supply) infrastructure deployment is limited or unavailable. In this way, it will be able to ensure the supply of energy in areas of difficult access where the supply from the port’s electricity grid is limited.

The project includes the completion of a feasibility study, the formulation of a sound operational strategy and business plan and the identification of possible sources of financing.  A small-scale prototype will also be developed and tested in a real controlled environment.

In this project, Fundación Valenciaport will contribute its experience in port operations, risk assessment of the use of alternative fuels and the implementation of OPS systems in port and will lead the work package focused on the evaluation and optimisation of the performance of the barge design.

Note: More information on the BlueBARGE project can be found here.

 

Photo credit: Fundación Valenciaport
Published: 14 February, 2024

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Singapore-based Sea Forrest secures RINA approval for SEAGEN Marine Battery System

Sea Forrest with GenPlus Pte Ltd have engineered a lithium-ion battery system that ensures safety amidst situations encountered on board vessels operating in Europe, Middle East and Southeast Asia.

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Singapore-based Sea Forrest secures RINA approval for SEAGEN Marine Battery System

Classification society RINA on Friday (2 February) said it awarded a type approval certificate to Sea Forrest, a Singapore provider of specialist marine electric propulsion and energy management solutions, for its marine lithium ion battery system, jointly developed with GenPlus Pte Ltd.

The SEAGEN Marine Battery System GP-VESS-110, a 110kWh lithium-ion battery system, signified a leap forward in eco-friendly technology. 

“As the global demand for sustainable and environmentally conscious solutions increase rapidly, Sea Forrest is leading the charge with a transformative marinised battery systems,” RINA said. 

In a collaboration with GenPlus Pte Ltd, Sea Forrest has engineered a lithium-ion battery system that not only guarantees high performance but also ensures safety amidst the various situations encountered on board vessels operating in Europe, Middle East and Southeast Asia, including vibration, heat, overcurrent, and electromagnetic interference.

The type approval process adhered to the industry's latest standards, as outlined in RINA Rules for the Type Approval Certification of Lithium Battery Systems - 2022. 

“This stringent certification attests to the SEAGEN Marine Battery System's adherence to the highest quality and safety benchmarks,” RINA added.

Singapore-based Sea Forrest secures RINA approval for SEAGEN Marine Battery System

George Lee, Chief Executive Officer of Sea Forrest, said: "The RINA Type Approval Certificate for our SEAGEN Marine Battery System GP-VESS-110 marks a significant milestone in our journey towards revolutionising marine energy solutions.”

“This recognition reaffirms our commitment to delivering cutting-edge, eco-friendly technologies that not only enhance performance but also prioritise safety. As the maritime industry shifts towards sustainable practices, Sea Forrest is proud to be at the forefront, driving innovation and contributing to a cleaner, greener future for marine transportation."

Pang Yong Song, Marine South East Asia & India Area Business Development Director at RINA, said: “RINA is committed to playing a critical role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the shipping industry. This approval reinforces our dedication to innovation, sustainability, and safety, showcasing our relentless pursuit of excellence in the maritime industry.”

“We are proud to be part of this innovative solution and looking forward to supporting more shipowners, manufacturers, and technology developers in the pursuit towards decarbonisation.”

 

Photo credit: Sea Forrest
Published: 5 February, 2024

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Singapore startup Pyxis to scale up production of electric harbour crafts with seed fund

Pyxis has raised SGD 4.5 million in its seed funding round co-led by Motion Ventures and Shift4Good, which it will use to develop its electrification technology and ramp up production of harbour crafts.

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Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore electric harbour crafts

Pyxis, a maritime electrification startup headquartered in Singapore, on Thursday (1 February) said it has raised SGD 4.5 million (USD 3.4 million) in its seed funding round co-led by maritime innovation focused fund Motion Ventures and impact fund Shift4Good.

The oversubscribed round also saw participation from Enterprise Singapore’s investment arm Seeds Capital, along with MarImpact, an equity investment platform by Transport Capital focused on low to zero emission vessels, ShipsFocus, a maritime technology venture fund, strategic marine operators and local firms including Tian San Shipping, Kim Ann Investments and LCC Resources.

Pyxis will leverage the fresh funds to accelerate the development of its electrification technology and scale up production for its various lines of electric harbour crafts.

The company was founded in 2022 by Tommy Phun, who is also a Director at local marine services provider and vessel owner-operator Eng Hup Shipping, with a decade of experience in the maritime industry.

Pyxis aims to ease mass commercialisation and adoption of electric coastal vessels by offering a one-stop, streamlined solution for existing maritime vessel owners to decarbonise their fleets comprehensively without high upfront costs.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has mandated that all new harbour crafts operating in Singapore from 2030 will have to be fully electric, run on biofuels or be compatible with net zero fuels such as hydrogen. All harbour crafts are required to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

“Pyxis is an answer to the global pivot to a greener and more sustainable maritime. We are on a rapid growth trajectory and the funds will assist us in achieving our net-zero goals ahead of the timeline. Our immediate focus will be to scale up production to fulfill our pipeline of order books,” said Phun, Pyxis Chief Executive.

“We are excited to confirm Shift4Good’s investment in Pyxis and looking forward to supporting the growth of the company in the coming years. Coastal vessels are very strong candidates for electrification since the range limitations of electric batteries are less of a concern. In Singapore alone, there are about 1,200 coastal vessels that could become electric by 2030. The market opportunity is huge, and we can’t wait to see the launch of the first vessel in Singapore very soon,” said Sebastien Guillaud, Co-Founder and General Partner at Shift4Good.

“Motion Ventures is thrilled to support Pyxis in our shared ambition towards maritime electrification, leveraging strong partnerships and backing from Shift4Good, Mitsui O.S.K Lines, Seeds Capital, and more. This collective effort marks a significant step towards a more sustainable and innovative maritime industry," said Shaun Hon, Founder and General Partner of Motion Ventures.

In November last year, the company announced a collaboration with Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL) to develop and market electric vessels in Singapore and Japan.

In January, Pyxis, together with SP Mobility, a subsidiary of utilities major SP Group, was selected by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to pilot its vessel charging concept at Marina South Pier. 

Data collected will contribute towards the development of a national electric harbour craft (e-HC) charging infrastructure master plan, implementation plan, and national standards for e-HC charging infrastructure. This follows an earlier global call for proposal (CFP) issued by MPA to develop, operate and maintain e-HC charging points in Singapore.

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Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 2 February, 2024

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