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Goal Zero Consortium launches Singapore’s first electric cargo vessel Hydromover

Vessel is designed with swappable battery solutions, generates zero emissions and can potentially reduce operational costs by up to 50% compared to conventional vessels.

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Goal Zero Consortium launches Singapore’s first electric cargo vessel Hydromover

Green technology solutions provider Yinson GreenTech (YG) together with Goal Zero Consortium (Goal Zero) led by SeaTech Solutions (SeaTech) officially launched the Hydromover on Thursday (23 November), marking a critical milestone in the decarbonisation of Singapore’s maritime industry.

The lightweight, 18.5 metres Hydromover is Singapore’s first fully electric cargo vessel. The vessel is designed with swappable battery solutions and can carry up to 25 tonnes of cargo. It generates zero emissions and can potentially reduce operational costs by up to 50% compared to conventional vessels due to improved energy efficiency and lower maintenance costs.

The vessel was Goal Zero’s submission and one of the proposals under the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) joint Call-for-Proposals for the electrification of harbour craft to be awarded R&D grants from both the MPA Maritime Innovation and Technology (MINT) Fund and SMI Fund in August 2021. The Hydromover is the first project to be ready for commercial trials, which puts it in an advantageous position in the commercialisation and innovation space.

YGT spearheaded Hydromover’s programme management, system solutions and commercialisation, while its Goal Zero partners were involved in other parts of its development. As lead, Seatech spearheaded the vessel design; Shift Clean Energy was the battery technology partner; RINA Hong Kong Limited Singapore Branch was the classification society; while Lita Ocean was the builder of the Hydromover.

During the ceremony, YGT acknowledged five potential partners who have provided letters of intent to charter the Hydromover for operational trials, with the view to electrify their fleets in future. These are two Goal Zero partners Lita Ocean and DM Sea Logistics, as well as OPL Services, RW Marine Services and Tian San Shipping. The five parties’ combined fleet stands at over 150 vessels, marking significant potential for future conversion to electric vessels.

RINA also handed over the Certificate of Classification to YGT during the event, signifying the Hydromover’s admission to class survey and compliance with RINA Rules for battery-powered vessels. The vessel has also passed an extensive risk assessment relating to battery operation and swapping, ensuring compliance with the most stringent international safety standards in the maritime industry.

The Hydromover will serve as a ‘living lab’ for YGT and Goal Zero’s R&D partners including the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), and the Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine, Singapore (TCOMS), which are working on a holistic digital twin of the vessel. This will facilitate research on the combined effects of variables such as vessel hydrodynamics, propulsion, motor dynamics and battery performance, allowing ship designers and operators to enhance operational efficiency and safety.

The vessel was designed, engineered, and constructed in Singapore, with all major suppliers being local companies. YGT intends to explore more potential partnerships and knowledge sharing within the industry for ongoing enhancements and upgrades to the vessel. This paves the way to elevate Singapore’s expertise for maritime-related green technology and strengthens the city-state’s hub status.

YGT Chief Executive Officer, Mr Eirik Barclay, said: “Being the first to launch a fully electric lighter craft in Singapore marks a transformative moment for YGT. The Hydromover exemplifies what can be achieved through strategic partnerships and alliances with like-minded partners. We are excited to have already received expressions of interest from across the region including Indonesia, where YGT has begun talks with interested parties to deploy the vessel for backwater transportation of goods and electrification of local fishing vessels.

“We are confident of reaping significant advantages from being an early mover in the race to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and we are pleased to already be in talks with supportive financing partners such as UOB and potential equity partners.”

MPA Assistant Chief Executive (Industry and Transformation), Mr Kenneth Lim, said: “I would like to congratulate YGT on the launch of the Hydromover. This is a significant milestone for the Goal Zero Consortium which had responded to previous MPA -SMI Joint call-for-proposals for the electrification of harbourcraft. The knowledge and capabilities gained through the development of the electric lighter craft will certainly add to the industry’s understanding of electric harbourcraft designs and technology options for cargo transport vessels. MPA looks forward to work with more like-minded partners, including research agencies and financial institutions, to accelerate the decarbonisation of the harbour craft fleet in Singapore.”

SeaTech, Vice President Technology, Mr Prabjot Chopra, said: “Congratulations to YGT on the launch of the Hydromover. We are proud to lead the Goal Zero Consortium and design this pioneering electric lighter craft. This marks a pivotal moment in Singapore’s journey towards the electrification of harbor craft. We celebrate with YGT this significant achievement and foresee the Hydromover to be a catalyst in Singapore’s pursuit of a greener harbour. We wish the Hydromover fair winds and following seas on its voyages ahead!”

Mr Eric Lian, Head of Group Commercial Banking, UOB, said: “The launch of the Hydromover will drive the revolution of cargo transportation in the maritime industry. As the lead bank to finance YGT’s development of the prototype, we are pleased to support this achievement, and the efforts of MPA and SMI to promote sustainability through innovative green projects. We stay committed to work towards our national goal of decarbonising the maritime industry, to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.”

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Photo credit: Yinson GreenTech
Published: 24 November, 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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