MPA Singapore trials vessel charging concepts

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will test vessel charging concepts in the region in collaboration with Pyxis Energy, Pyxis Maritime, SP Mobility, Seatrium O&G, and Yinson Electric. At Marina South Pier, Pyxis and SP Mobility’s proposal will be installed. While MPA will work with Seatrium and Yinson to refine their concepts before testing vessel charging. MPA issued a Request for Proposals (CFP) on August 29, 2023. Seeking firms and consortiums to create, manage, and maintain e-HC charging sites throughout Singapore. MPA received 12 proposals for the two-year trial at the end of the CFP on October 19, 2023. Along with the possibility of extending it for another year.

The proposed concept by the partnership of Pyxis Energy Pte Ltd, Pyxis Maritime Pte Ltd, and SP Mobility Pte Ltd is based on Direct Current (DC) charging. It has been chosen for its viable price-charging model: the partners’ experience and track record of implementing charging points for electric vehicles. The suggested charging station for this CFP also meets the national electric vehicle charging standard established by Technical Reference 25:2022, which served as a proxy for this CFP. Additionally, MPA has developed national charging infrastructure requirements for e-HCs.

Singapore Tests e-HC Charging Vessel

The alliance plans to operate its fleet of e-HCs at Marina South Pier. This will be the base offtake to optimize the charging infrastructure and collect complete data throughout the test. The pilot will run from March 2024 to March 2026, possibly extending the foofa extension year to March 2027. The MPA could apply this concept to support e-HC operations in the Port of Singapore if the outcome and findings are favorable.

Insights gathered from the data collected aim to contribute to creating a master plan and implementation plan for a national e-HC charging infrastructure in Singapore, along with setting national standards for e-HC charging infrastructure to facilitate e-HC operations in the country.

The national authorities will use Technical Reference (TR) 25:2022 as a basis to develop the national electric vehicle charging standard for e-HC charging infrastructure.

TR 25:2022 reportedly includes safety criteria for electrical installations that provide power for charging electric cars or batteries, as well as testing and inspection requirements for electric vehicle charging stations.

MPA noted that from 2030, all new harbor craft operating in the Port of Singapore must be fully electric, capable of using B100 biofuel, or compatible with net zero fuels such as hydrogen.

Furthermore, It will progressively roll out charging infrastructure for e-HC operations in Singapore starting in 2025.

MPA set a new annual vessel arrival tonnage record of 3 billion gross tonnage (GT) in 2023 this month.

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