A BH Global subsidiary has agreed a partnership with Singapore-based operators to design, develop and build the plug-in hybrid electric vessel
BOS Offshore & Marine (BOS), a 90%-owned subsidiary of BH Global Corporation, signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with project partners Penguin International, Danfoss, Durapower Technology and Bureau Veritas Marine (BV) for the joint design, development and construction of Singapore’s first plug-in hybrid electric fast launch.
The scope of co-operation will include integrating hybrid electric solutions, testing and certification. A statement from BH Global said knowledge gained from the project would support Singapore’s ambition to adopt hybrid electric propulsion systems for its maritime industry.
Under the terms of the MoU, the five parties involved are responsible for different elements of the project, according to the statement.
BOS will provide technical and commercial expertise in the development of commercially viable plug-in parallel hybrid electric propulsion systems (BOS EP System) for small-to-medium sized vessels for operation in and around Singapore.
Penguin International will design, build and commission a newbuild hybrid launch boat with the BOS EP System installed and will operate the vessel on commercial routes.
Danfoss and Durapower will support the testing and integration of their power drive trains and energy storage systems with the BOS EP System.
BV will review and endorse test facilities and procedures necessary towards certification of the BOS EP System and will class the hybrid launch as a hybrid vessel.
Outside of the fast craft development, the statement said "BOS will spearhead further collaborations to develop the BOS Marine Electric Integration Centre and drive initiatives towards the digitalisation of vessel operations with data analytics capabilities and smart connectivity features, and the development of a complete electrification ecosystem in Singapore".
Penguin International managing director James Tham said the venture “is the best way forward in commercialising proven technologies in marine hybrid propulsion for the benefit of Singapore."