Norway-based shore power products and autonomous solutions provider Zinus AS in March said it has recently secured a contract with Penguin Shipyard International in Singapore for the delivery of a fully automatic charging solution to three electric passenger catamarans.
The three fast ferries will transport workers to and from Shell Energy and Chemicals Park on the island of Pulau Bukom, just outside Singapore.
The vessels are part of Shell’s sustainability program, and according to the energy company, this will be the first fully electric ferry service in Singapore and the first for Shell globally.
Zinus’ scope includes three charging towers for installation on land, and six receiving units for charging plugs to be installed on board the vessels. Connecting the fast ferries to the power supply only takes around 20 seconds, and the system can deliver a current of 4,400 amperes.
The three passenger catamarans will enter service during the first half of 2023.
“This is an especially important order for Zinus, and we are pleased with our agreement with the renowned Penguin Shipyard,” said Zinus CEO Endre Eidsvik.
“The contract marks our breakthrough in Asia and is a key milestone that strengthens our position internationally. We see Singapore as a very interesting market by virtue of its great focus on environment and sustainability.”
Eidsvik says Zinus has collaborated with a team from Penguin since the autumn of 2021, to find the best charging solution for the fast ferries.
Penguin, which is also constructing the vessels for Shell, will also manage the operation of the three passenger catamarans when they enter service between Singapore and Pulau Bukom.
“We have had a good collaboration with Penguin in the tender phase and look forward to further collaboration through the delivery phase and in any new projects in the future,” says Zinus’ CEO.
Photo credit: Zinus
Published: 14 March, 2022
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