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Yinson GreenTech all-electric crew transfer vessel to undergo sea trials in Singapore

Hydroglyder will now embark on its journey to the republic, where it will undergo sea trials for its intended purpose to transform crew transfer vessel services in Singapore harbour craft market.

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Yinson GreenTech all-electric crew transfer vessel to undergo sea trials in Singapore

Yinson GreenTech (YGT), through its marinEV brand, on Monday (13 November) said it has completed the construction of its all-electric crew transfer vessel, the Hydroglyder, and the vessel will debut in Singapore to start its sea trials.

The Hydroglyder, fully built in Malaysia, will be the first vessel of its kind within the Singapore harbour craft market, providing a more efficient and environmentally-friendly alternative to current crew transfer vessels.

Present to witness the completion of the Hydroglyder prototype at the Ctruk Boats shipyard were Malaysia’s Minister of Transport Anthony Loke, Yinson Group Chief Executive Officer Mr Lim Chern Yuan and YGT Chief Executive Officer Mr Eirik Barclay. Malacca state government representatives and strategic partners including OCBC Malaysia, represented by Head of Wholesale Banking Mr Jeffrey Teoh, along with the media were also present to witness this milestone. 

The Hydroglyder is equipped with advanced hydrofoil system, which provides better energy efficiency as compared to traditional electric vessels of the similar size. The onboard batteries provide power to propel the vessel while the flight control system maintains the stability of the craft during foiling. This is expected to reduce operational cost by up to 90%.

Minister of Transport Anthony Loke, said: “I am proud that Malaysia was selected for the Hydroglyder prototype’s assembly and construction, demonstrating the country’s ability to deliver world-class, technologically advanced engineering projects. This aligns well with the National Transport Policy that aims to enhance Malaysia’s economic competitiveness by developing a skilled workforce, fostering a conducive business environment, and facilitating trade and investment.” 

Yinson Group Chief Executive Officer Mr Lim Chern Yuan, said: “The Hydroglyder prototype will be a game changer and is a prime example of our commitment to transform the maritime industry. I would like to express our appreciation for the Malaysian government’s forward-thinking policies that have provided a progressive and stable environment for innovation, which is particularly instrumental in developing prototype green technologies.”

YGT Chief Executive Officer Mr Eirik Barclay, said, “The Hydroglyder prototype is a major milestone in our quest to reduce the maritime industry’s carbon footprint, reduce local particulate air pollution and prepare for the launch of a fleet of technology enhanced, zero-emission vessels.”

“Collaboration with like-minded partners has been crucial to the successful completion of this prototype. Special mention to Ctruk Boats, whose expertise in composite material technology allowed us the full flexibility to modify the vessel’s design as needed during the construction process. We also hope that the project has contributed to the nurturing of local talent and industrial capabilities.”

OCBC Malaysia Head of Wholesale Banking Mr Jeffrey Teoh, said: “OCBC is proud to support this project, the first electric prototype vessel of its kind to be built in Malaysia and one which has the potential to revolutionise the maritime industry.  As a partner that supported the development of this innovative foiling crew transfer vessel, the Hydroglyder prototype, we wish marinEV all the very best in continuing its sea trials and commercialisation process in Singapore.”

Recently, the Hydroglyder won the ‘Most Promising Maritime Technology Award’ at the recent Singapore Norway Innovation Conference in recognition of the vessel’s technology.

Photo credit: Yinson GreenTech
Published: 21 November, 2023

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Alliance commences building of electric tug and supply boat for Singapore waters

Zero-emissions vessels will be among the first and largest local electric harbour craft designed for operation in Singapore’s coastal waters, according to Coastal Sustainability Alliance.

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Alliance commences building of electric tug and supply boat for Singapore waters

The Coastal Sustainability Alliance (CSA), an industry collaborative effort led by Kuok Maritime Group (KMG), on Friday (12 April) announced the commencement of building the first fully electric PXO tug (e-tug) and supply boat (e-supply boat) by PaxOcean Group. 

These zero-emissions vessels will be among the first and largest local electric harbour craft designed for operation in Singapore’s coastal waters. 

They are targeted for deployment in 2025, ahead of the nation’s goal for all new coastal vessels to be fully electric or operate on low-carbon energy solutions by 2030.

The Coastal Sustainability Alliance PXO Electric Fleet Signing and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Ceremony, held at Shangri-La Singapore on 11 April, was graced by Guest-of-Honour Mr Chee Hong Tat, Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Finance, along with maritime industry leaders and CSA representatives. 

The CSA also welcomed nine new members, expanding the alliance to 27 members from the initial seven companies when it was formed in March 2022.

The new CSA members are from diverse sectors, including finance, green energy, corporate and environmental consultancies, and maritime services, and exemplify the growing support network for advancing Singapore’s maritime decarbonisation efforts. 

These new members are CIMC Energy Storage, DBS, Grant Thornton, Hanhwa Aerospace, KST Maritime,  Marina Offshore, Paia Consulting, Siemens Energy, and Transport Capital. Together with the current members, they will be instrumental in propelling CSA’s next growth phase, focusing on green financing, ESG initiatives, vessel adoption, electrification, and technology enhancement for the coastal logistics ecosystem.

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Mr Tan Thai Yong, Managing Director, Strategic Projects and Technology, Kuok Maritime Group and Chairperson, CSA Council, said: “The expansion of the Coastal Sustainability Alliance and the commencement of construction for the PXO e-tug and e-supply boat signify a pivotal growth phase to create new revenue streams and scale the CSA ecosystem globally together with our alliance members.”

“The joint contributions by CSA members and the continued support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) empower us to fast-track our investment commitment of SGD 20 million to 2025, accelerating this industry-led initiative to decarbonise our coastal ecosystem and advance the green track record for our maritime sector in a commercially sustainable manner.”

The CSA enters its third year with a continued commitment to build a next-generation coastal logistics ecosystem. Progress made in its five strategic areas include:

  • Commercialisation of Singapore design-build-deploy PXO e-tug and e-supply boat – Pacific Workboats Pte Ltd (PWPL) has committed to purchasing the e-tug, leveraging its capabilities to provide sustainable towage services for its customer base. Additionally, KMG is investing in the construction and trials of the e-supply boat.  While efforts to charter out the e-supply boat are ongoing, commercial interest in the PXO series continues to grow, with several CSA members exploring opportunities to charter these next-generation vessels. The PXO e-tug and e-supply boat are slated for deployment in 2025, marking a significant milestone in commercialising the PXO series. As the PXO series will be deployed from Jurong Port, KMG is collaborating with Jurong Port to provide the electric charging infrastructure to support the operations of electric vessels. In February 2024, the CSA was among the shortlisted entities announced by MPA’s Expression of Interest (EOI) to transform Singapore’s maritime sector by designing and developing electric harbour craft. Among the 11 proposals received, the CSA’s e-supply boat proposal was among the six that have secured the relevant technical approvals from Classification Societies and were chosen for further design enhancements and optimisation with institutes of higher learnings (IHLs) and research institutes. This is significant progress and endorsement of the high technology readiness and maturity of the CSA’s PXO electric vessels.
  • Promoting sustainable resource management through e-waste reduction, upcycling and biofuels – Since 2023, CSA has partnered with Green COP to develop and commercialise second-generation biofuels as a transition fuel to reduce emissions from conventional harbour craft. Green COP has secured S$500,000 in angel investment to build a prototype plant to produce Biobutanol. The biofuel is made from biomass feedstock and generates fewer emissions than petroleum fuels.
  • Reduce marine traffic by 20% through logistics and fleet optimisation solutions – A key part of CSA’s efforts is to seamlessly integrate logistics, fleet operations, battery performance and just-in-time operations for vessels, terminals, and service providers. Utilising advanced technologies in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, the CSA is conducting optimisation simulations with MagicPort on the coastal logistics platform, which is expected to go live by end-2024. This platform will support the PXO e-supply boat in meeting the growing demand from the shipping community for marine logistics optimisation and traffic flow. The e-tug will also explore demand-supply match optimisation to reduce fuel wastage and dead mileage.
  • Support the growth of SMEs and start-ups through a sustainable green supply chain and maritime business ecosystem – Currently, over 50% of components of the PXO vessels are sourced locally. Sea Forrest Power Solutions is in conversation to supply critical components such as motors, battery management systems, and batteries for the e-supply boat.

Alliance commences building of electric tug and supply boat for Singapore waters

The CSA aims to partner with the Singapore Association of Shipsuppliers and Services (SASS) to upgrade sustainability competencies within the maritime workforce and facilitate a just transition for all SASS members towards a low-carbon economy.

In March 2022, the industry-led CSA initiative was announced under the leadership of KMG, which includes key business units: PaxOcean Holdings Pte Ltd, Pacific Carriers Limited (PCL), and POSH (PACC Offshore Services Holdings) and provides a comprehensive platform for the CSA to achieve its goals to build the next-generation of Singapore’s maritime ecosystem and accelerate the decarbonisation, electrification and advancement in energy-efficient logistics and engineering solutions. 

Related: Singapore: MPA shortlists 11 proposals for fully electric harbour craft EOI
Related: Kuok (Singapore) Limited Maritime Group launches Coastal Sustainability Alliance
Related: Coastal Sustainability Alliance, Ken Energy to deploy electric supply boats in Singapore
Related: SMW 2023: CSA welcomes new members to spur efforts on decarbonising Singapore’s coastal vessels

 

Photo credit: PaxOcean Group
Published: 15 April 2024

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DNV: ‘Quiet month’ of March for alternative fuelled orders, but trend remains strong

‘Although new order activity in March has fallen short of the high volume registered in January and February, the overall picture remains positive,’ says Jason Stefanatos of DNV.

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DNV: ‘Quiet month’ of March for alternative fuelled orders, but trend remains strong

Latest figures from DNV’s Alternative Fuels Insight (AFI) platform in March saw a total of five new orders for alternative fueled vessels confirmed.

Classification society DNV said there were two orders each for methanol and ammonia fueled ships, with just one order for an LNG fueled vessel. 

“Although this was a quiet month for the ordering of alternative fueled vessels, the overall trend remains strong,” it said.

For the first three months of 2024, a total of 68 orders for alternative fueled vessels were made, compared to 44 in the first three months of 2023, representing year-on-year growth of over 50%.

DNV: ‘Quiet month’ of March for alternative fuelled orders, but trend remains strong

DNV: ‘Quiet month’ of March for alternative fuelled orders, but trend remains strong

DNV: ‘Quiet month’ of March for alternative fuelled orders, but trend remains strong

Jason Stefanatos, Global Decarbonization Director at DNV, said: “Although new order activity in March has fallen short of the high volume registered in January and February, the overall picture remains positive.”

‘As seen by the exponential year-on-year growth for new orders in the first quarter of the year, the alternative-fueled fleet is expanding at a rapid pace.”

“The LNG fleet in operation has more than doubled since 2021, while the fast-growing methanol orderbook indicates similar growth in this segment over the next five years.”

“The ammonia fleet just started to develop in the beginning of the year adding two new orders in March, on top of three in January and February.”

“We are now seeing signs that investment in these vessels is also on the rise, and market conditions indicate that this could continue over the coming months and years.”

 

Photo credit: DNV
Published: 8 April 2024

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Maersk names world’s second large methanol-powered boxship “Astrid Maersk” in Japan

“Astrid Maersk” is also the second of Maersk’s 18 large methanol-enabled vessels, scheduled for delivery between 2024 and 2025.

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Maersk names world's second large methanol-powered boxship “Astrid Maersk” in Japan

Shipping giant A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) on Thursday (4 April) said the world's second large methanol-enabled container vessel Astrid Maersk was named in a ceremony held in Yokohama, Japan.

Mrs. Liza Uchida, spouse of Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida served as godmother and christened the vessel. 

Vincent Clerc, Chief Executive Officer of A.P. Moller - Maersk, said: “We are truly excited to welcome Astrid Maersk to our new fleet capable of sailing on green methanol.”

“With this vessel and her sister vessels, Maersk is taking important steps on the journey towards the energy transition of ocean transport. No one can do this alone.”

“To enable green supply chains and accelerate shipping’s move towards net-zero emissions, continuous courageous action by dedicated customers like Nissan, industry peers, and suppliers is essential.”

“Importantly, to maintain momentum, there is a need for global regulations from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to close the price gap between fossil and green fuels to secure a level playing field.”

The name giving ceremony took place in Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama city, where the public audience could also register and get onboard for a vessel visit.

Toru Nishiyama, Managing Director of Maersk Northeast Asia, said: “Yokohama holds a special place in Maersk's history. Since the first vessel call at the Port of Yokohama a century ago, we have collaborated with our many partners and stakeholders in the city.”

“Today’s ceremony symbolizes our enduring relationship with Yokohama and Japan as a whole. As we embark on our 'All the Way to Zero' journey, the support and partnership of the Japanese community are invaluable.”

“We will continue to prioritize our efforts to minimize the environmental and climate impact of our activities while fostering economic growth and prosperity in the region.”

The company will equip 25 of its container vessels with dual-fuel engines capable of sailing on green methanol. Among these vessels are the feeder vessel Laura Maersk, deployed in the intra-Europe trade in September 2023, and Ane Maersk, a large 16,000 TEU green fuel-powered container vessel deployed in the Asia-Europe trade in January 2024.

“Maersk collaborative approach with the City of Yokohama is dedicated to the development of a green methanol bunkering infrastructure in Yokohama, further solidifying Maersk's commitment to reducing emissions and promoting eco-friendly practices within the maritime industry,” the firm added. 

 

Photo credit: A.P. Moller – Maersk
Published: 8 April 2024

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