Singapore Plans to Decarbonise Domestic Harbour and Pleasure Craft

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has set a target for all new harbour craft to be fully electric, be capable of using pure biodiesel (B100), or be compatible with net-zero fuels such as hydrogen by 2030.

The mandate from the MPA is in line with the city-state’s national climate ambition to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

In a statement on its website the MPA said it will help the industry meet the 2030 requirement, and it encourages the industry to consult with MPA on the owners’ electric, B100 or hydrogen compatible harbour craft designs early. The consultation process will be a compulsory requirement from 2027.

On this theme, Keppel Offshore & Marine Consortium is working on the retrofit of Eng Hup Shipping’s 30 person ferry to be full electric and a charging station with solid state transformer technology which will be trialled later this year.

Meanwhile Shell and Penguin International (Singapore’s homegrown aluminium shipbuilder and shipowner) will be commissioning their first full electric ferries and rapid shore chargers, scheduled for operational deployment this year.

Concurrently, MPA is working with terminal and harbour craft operators to implement pilot charging stations. The first of these pilot charging stations will be deployed by Shell at the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Singapore by 2Q 2023.

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