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Thursday, September 23, 2021 

Australian ship designer Incat Crowther has been contracted to provide the design for the first all-electric passenger ferries for operation in Singapore, operating to serve Shells facility on the island of Bukom, replacing the conventional diesel-powered ferries currently used. .

The Incat Crowther e28s, designated 'Electric Dream' by the project partners, will be built, owned and operated by Singapore’s publicly listed aluminium vessel builder-operator Penguin. The vessels,are notable as being the Shell Energy company’s first all-electric vessels globally.

Nick Potter, GM Shell Shipping and Maritime, Asia Pacific & Middle East, said: “Shipping’s future will involve different parts of the sector using different fuels, and electrification is a solution to decarbonise short voyages, including port operations. Switching to zero-emission, fully-electric ferries is part of Shell’s ambition to help accelerate progress towards net-zero emissions in the shipping sector.”

James Tham, Penguin MD said: “Our Electric Dream project is much more than just electric ferries and shore chargers. It is Singapore’s first real-world commercial application of marine electrification”.

Incat Crowther already has eight vessels in operation featuring electrified drivetrains, including the recently launched Sea Change, a 21m catamaran ferry utilising hydrogen fuel cells. The Electric Dream vessels will continue Incat Crowther’s zero-emissions trajectory, using battery banks and eliminating any fossil fuel on-board, creating zero emissions and very little noise.

The all-electric ferries are powered by a lithium-ion battery system with a capacity of 1.2 MWh and run at speeds of over 20 knots with zero emissions and noise. When berthed at Shell Bukom, the ferries will be charged via a combination of fast charging during peak hours, and slow charging during off-peak hours and overnight.

“Incat Crowther has a rich history in adapting new technology to market and has played a leading role in applying this new propulsion technology to this application,” said Ed Dudson, MD Incat Crowther Europe. “We’ve real-world experience in electric drivetrains, energy storage and alternative fuels such as hydrogen and LNG. To have the opportunity to bring our experience and expertise to this project is a significant endorsement for us”.

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