NETWORKING FOR STRONGER PORT INDUSTRY AND BETTER COMMUNITY
Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) has issued an
expression of interest (EOI) calling for proposals to design and promote
the use of fully electric harbor craft in Singapore, it said in a
statement on Tuesday.
The EOI document is a further step towards
MPA's rule that all new harbor craft operating in its waters to be fully
electric, or run on biofuels or net-zero fuels from 2030. The final aim
is to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
Proposals have to be submitted before midnight on Sept. 15 (1600 GMT).
EOI will first focus on smaller harbor craft that typically have gross
tonnage of 20 to 40, overall length of 10 to 20 meters, and combined
shaft power of 200 to 400 kilowatts.
There are about 400 harbor
craft with these specifications deployed in Singapore. Overall, there
are 1,600 harbor craft operating in the port.
consider design standards and guidelines for essential safety systems
and vessel structure optimised for efficiency, battery management and
energy storage systems. They should also demonstrate the commercial
viability of business models based on an aggregated harbr craft fleet.
common referenced designs and the aggregation of demand, we hope to
reduce the upfront premiums and operating costs for new harbor craft,"
said MPA Chief Executive Teo Eng Dih.
Operators with plans to
deploy new harbor craft should also inform the MPA about their plans
from January 2027, so that designs can be adjusted if required, the MPA