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Singapore: MPA and SMI co-fund consortiums for fully electric harbourcraft

06 Aug 2021

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) on Thursday (5 August) awarded funding to three consortiums led by Keppel FELS Limited, SeaTech Solutions and Sembcorp Marine to research, design, build and operate a fully electric harbourcraft over the next five years.

These electrification pilot projects comprising a total of 30 enterprises and research institutions will demonstrate both commercial and technical viability of specific use cases for full electric harbourcraft and will support Singapore’s broader plans to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the maritime transport sector.

Singapore has 1,600 licensed diesel powered harbourcraft that provide services such as the transport of personnel and supplies, to ships calling at the port.

The funding for these projects will enable various technologies and charging infrastructures to be studied, test-bedded and deployed across different types of harbourcraft and operating profiles, through use cases proposed by the consortiums.

The use cases involve two passenger ferries of different capacities and a lighter craft.

By bringing together industry and academia, innovative and commercially viable solutions can be developed to support the deployment of electric harbourcraft in Singapore. Beyond the technologies and solutions, new business models will also be developed by the consortiums to enable wider adoption of electric harbourcraft.

MPA and SMI had launched the joint call for proposals on the electrification of harbourcraft in September 2020 after a series of workshops with the industry.

The call for proposals drew strong interest from the maritime community with 73 maritime companies and 10 institutes of higher learning and research institutes submitting a total of 16 proposals.

These proposals were evaluated based on their potential technical, operational and commercial viability, as well as strength of local capability development.

The three selected proposals, adopting either new build or retrofit strategies, will tap on MPA’s Maritime GreenFuture Fund for the research, testing and piloting of low-carbon technologies.

“To build a sustainable hub port, we plan for the 1,600 harbourcraft operating in our waters to run on low-carbon fuels,” said Senior Minister of State for Transport, Chee Hong Tat.

“One possible solution is the electrification of our harbourcraft fleet, which reduces carbon emissions and has zero pollution.”

Note: More information on the three projects and players involved is available from the link here.

Related: SMTC 2021: Electrification of Singapore bunker tankers and harbour craft in government pipeline, says SMI


Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 6 August, 2021

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