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Singapore-based consortium design, develop and build plug-in hybrid launchcraft

08 Jun 2020

A consortium of maritime companies at Singapore, namely BOS, Penguin International, Durapower Technology and Bureau Veritas, on Friday (5 June) signed an agreement with Danish engineering company Danfoss to deliver the mega-port’s first newbuild fast launch with a marine electric propulsion system.

The purpose of the memorandum is for the joint design, development and construction of a plug-in hybrid electric fast launch to operate at the-port of Singapore. 

The collaboration is a significant stride for one of the world’s largest and busiest harbour’s push towards reduction of carbon emissions and environmentally sustainability in local maritime operations, said Danfoss. 

The collaborative partnership to include Danfoss Editron equipment is a result of a long-term focus study by Barry Yung and the Editron team working with shipyards and system integrators. 

The study concluded that there was a huge need for education to create awareness and trust building in the conservative marine industry to boost the electrical propulsion as a way of reducing emission, fuel consumption and noise at the port of Singapore. 

Out of the study, a green demo vessel was considered the most efficient way to prove the new technological trend as a commercially viable technology to the benefit of Singapore.

“This is an essential and very exciting agreement for Danfoss. This collaboration and technology are targeting smaller vessels, work boats and crew boats up to 50 meters length,” said Soren Kvorning, President of Danfoss Asia-Pacific Region.

“The potential impact is significant. Currently, there are around 4,000 of these in Singapore waters,” says Soren Kvorning, President of Danfoss Asia-Pacific Region.

Penguin International will own and operate the hybrid launch while BOS will provide technical and commercial expertise in the development of the plug-in parallel hybrid electric propulsion systems.

Danfoss and Durapower will support the testing and integration of power drive trains and energy storage systems respectively, and the fast launch will be classed by Bureau Veritas as a hybrid vessel.

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

Photo credit: Manifold Times
Published: 8 June, 2020

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