Port of Singapore to Trial Electric Vessel Charging Concepts
The electrification of the shipping industry continues apace, with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) announcing its intention to trial new charging concepts for electric harbour craft.
The port authority has selected a consortium of companies - led by Pyxis and SP Mobility - to develop, operate and maintain e-HC (electric harbour craft) charging points across the Port of Singapore.
The pilot project is expected to run from March 2024 to March 2026 and will see the deployment of DC charging points. During this period, the consortium will operate its own fleet of e-HCs at Marina South Pier. Not only will these e-HCs serve as the base offtake for the charging points, but will also be used to collect data and optimise the charging points.
Should the pilot be successful, it is expected that the electric charging concept will be further rolled out across the Port of Singapore. Furthermore, insights and data from this pilot project will be used to inform the development of a national e-HC charging infrastructure master plan.
In addition to trialling the new charging concepts for e-HCs, the Port of Singapore is also working with marine engineering company Seatrium to investigate the feasibility of mobile charging points that can be transported and moored at required locations to create a ‘sea grid’.
This work comes as the Port of Singapore prepares to introduce new regulations. From 2030, all new harbour craft operating in the Port of Singapore will have to be fully electric, be capable of using B100 biofuel, or be compatible with net-zero fuels such as hydrogen.
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