Partners Develop Singapore’s 1st Hybrid Electric Bunker Tankers

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Industry partners Shift Clean Energy, SeaTech and energy company Vitol have teamed up for a marine electrification project to deliver Singapore’s first hybrid bunker tankers, reports Offshore Energy.

As part of the project, up to four hybrid tankers will be designed by SeaTech using Shift’s energy storage systems (ESS).

Hybrid tankers

The vessels in question are to be provided to V-Bunkers, Vitol’s bunker operations company, and will be fitted with Shift’s 480-Kwh liquid-cooled ESS and battery management systems.

This will result in improved fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by approximately 10% a year, Shift claims.

As explained, the ESS will be primarily used for peak shaving, i.e. storing energy during low power consumption for use during peak usage periods, allowing main generators to operate with a more stable load.

Minimizing fuel and maintenance costs 

The solution is said to help optimise energy use, significantly reduce fuel and maintenance costs, improve responsiveness and reliability of power management and in turn enhances the safety of operations.

For V-Bunkers, the move to adopt Shift’s clean energy solution will help decarbonise the company’s fleet operations and support its ongoing emissions reduction and commercial objectives.

Construction of zero emission tug

SeaTech and Shift are also a part of the recently formed alliance working on the construction of the first all-electric, zero carbon emission harbour tug in the Asia Pacific region.

The parties are combining expertise with Vallianz Holdings Limited and the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) to build the 24-metre e-tug that will be powered fully by battery and equipped with azimuth propulsion. It will have a bollard pull in excess of 60 tonnes with a service speed of over 12 knots.

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Source: Offshore Energy

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