Bureau Veritas has certified and classed Singapore’s first hybrid-powered ship, says a press release published in Marine Offshore.
Built, owned and operated by Singapore-based Penguin Shipyard International, Penguin Tenaga is a 15-meter, 12-passenger aluminum pilot boat capable of entirely running in electric mode at 5 knots for more than 30 minutes, and in conventional diesel mode can reach a maximum speed of 24 knots.The vessel design is based on the same hull form as two of Penguin’s existing monohull pilot boats that are currently operating for Shell Eastern Petroleum in Singapore.
Penguin Tenaga is classed under BV with the notation Electric Hybrid and Zero Emission mode. It helps to ensure the systems operate safely and efficiently, as well as reduce fuel consumption, local air emissions and noise when in proximity to centers of population.
Solar panels installed on the roof of Penguin Tenaga provide electrical energy that is used to recharge mobile devices on board and supplement the vessel’s hotel load.
Singapore pledges to reduce greenhouse emission
Singapore, one of the world’s largest and busiest ports, has pledged to reduce greenhouse emissions by 36% by 2030, when compared to 2005 levels.
This shipbuilding project is an important step towards Singapore’s environmentally sustainable future and meeting its own green targets.
In a bid to reduce emissions, Singapore is taking a lead in developing hybrid-electric propulsion technology for offshore support and harbor vessels. Currently, there are limited applications for pure electric vessels in Singapore due to the lack of charging infrastructure. However, this could change in coming years as the country electrifies its maritime ecosystem to meet the IMO sustainability targets as well as its own sustainability goals.