Electric Harbour Craft Charging Concepts For Trial Implementation

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  • MPA has chosen Pyxis Energy Pte Ltd, Pyxis Maritime Pte Ltd, and SP Mobility Pte Ltd, alongside Seatrium O&G (International) Pte Ltd, and Yinson Electric Pte Ltd, for piloting vessel charging concepts in Singapore.
  • Based on Direct Current (DC) charging with a viable pricing model.
  • MPA evaluated Seatrium O&G’s mobile charging concept and Yinson Electric’s high-power DC Charger.
  • All new harbor craft in the Port of Singapore must be fully electric, capable of using B100 biofuel, or compatible with net zero fuels from 2030.

Vessel Charging Trial After CFP

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has chosen the collaboration of Pyxis Energy Pte Ltd, Pyxis Maritime Pte Ltd, and SP Mobility Pte Ltd, along with the partnership of Seatrium O&G (International) Pte Ltd and Yinson Electric Pte Ltd, for the trial implementation of vessel charging concepts in Singapore. The Pyxis and SP Mobility proposal is set to be implemented at Marina South Pier, while MPA will collaborate with Seatrium and Yinson to refine their concepts before initiating testing.

The selection follows the call for proposal (CFP) by MPA on 29 August 2023 to develop, operate, and maintain e-HC charging points in Singapore. At the close of the CFP[1] on 19 October 2023, MPA received 12 proposals from companies and consortiums for the two-year pilot, which includes an option to extend for another year.

Seatrium’s DC Charging Concept

Pyxis Energy Pte Ltd, Pyxis Maritime Pte Ltd, and SP Mobility Pte Ltd partnership’s proposed concept is based on Direct Current (DC) charging and was selected for the viability of the proposed price charging model and their experience and good track record of implementing charging points for electric vehicles. Their proposed charging point for this CFP also complies with the national electric vehicle charging standard set by Technical Reference 25:2022, which was used as a proxy for this CFP while MPA is developing the national standards for charging infrastructure for e-HC. The partnership also plans to operate its fleet of e-HCs at Marina South Pier and these e-HCs will serve as the base offtake to ensure optimization of the charging infrastructure and enable comprehensive data to be gathered during the pilot.

The pilot is planned from March 2024 to March 2026 with an option to extend by another year to March 2027. Pending the pilot’s outcome and findings, the concept could be applied to other sites to support e-HC operations in the Port of Singapore. Insights from the data collected will also contribute towards the development of a national e-HC charging infrastructure master plan, implementation plan, and national standards for e-HC charging infrastructure to support e-HC operations in Singapore. The national electric vehicle charging standard set by Technical Reference (TR) 25:2022 will be used as a reference for the development of the national standards for e-HC charging. The TR covers the safety requirements for electrical installations to supply the charging of electric vehicles or batteries and includes the testing and inspection requirements of electric vehicle charging stations. 

Progressive Charging Infrastructure Rollout

In addition to the proposal by Pyxis Energy Pte Ltd, Pyxis Maritime Pte Ltd, and SP Mobility Pte Ltd partnership, MPA has also assessed the potential of the innovative mobile charging concept proposed by Seatrium O&G (International) Pte Ltd, and a high power (350-450kW) DC Charger proposed by Yinson Electric Pte Ltd. MPA will continue working with the two companies to further develop their proposals for future applications in Singapore through R&D collaboration.

From 2030, all new harbor 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. MPA plans to progressively roll out the charging infrastructure for e-HC operations in Singapore from 2025. MPA will continue to monitor technology trends and develop pilots to support the development of electrification charging standards for domestic maritime activities.

The CFP follows from an Expression of Interest launched in July 2023 for proposals to design and promote the adoption of full-e-HC in Singapore.

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Source: MPA

3 COMMENTS

  1. I’m not exactly sure how I got here, but I thought this post was fantastic. I don’t know who you are, but if you’re not already, you’re going to be a well-known blogger. Cheers.

  2. An excellent initiative by MPA contributing to reduce CO2 emission in port area. Hope we could get the root energy for power generation from renewable energy (Solar) from port area itself

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