Sea Forrest, subsidiary group of BH Global, together with its consortium of six other partners including Cyan Renewables, announced the launch of a green energy consortium to jointly design and develop electric harbour craft operations in Singapore.
Led by Cyan Renewables, the consortium comprises Bureau Veritas Marine, PSA Marine, Strategic Marine and technology providers SeaCabbie, Sea Forrest and Victory. The consortium, formed to participate in the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (“MPA”)’s call for proposal to develop electric harbour craft operations, is supported by one of Asia’s largest liner shipping companies, Pacific International Lines (“PIL”).
Where green meets blue: Easing the green energy transition for maritime players in Singapore.
While Singapore targets for new harbour crafts to be fully decarbonised from 2030, the country currently lacks commercially viable solutions to enable such a transition.
The consortium seeks to ease the energy transition for Singapore’s maritime operators with a focus on quality shipbuilding, flexible financing and customer access. With members across the entire renewable energy value chain, the consortium is the first in Singapore to:
- Enable the leasing of renewable vessels (via Cyan Renewables), thus reducing capital outlay for operators; and
- Offer an innovative ride-hailing application for the ordering of launch boats (via SeaCabbie).
Together with decades of experience in ship building, classification, and offshore energy management, the consortium’s solution is expected to significantly lower commercial barriers and reduce carbon emissions for electric harbour craft operations.
Lee Keng Lin, Founding CEO, Cyan Renewables said, “As Asia’s first pure play renewable vessel owner, Cyan Renewables enables operators to access green maritime solutions with minimal capital outlay, significantly reducing barriers against innovation. We are confident in the consortium’s ability to ease the green energy transition for Singapore’s maritime sector and are proud to be leading this effort.”
Goh Chung Hun, Head, Fleet Division, Pacific International Lines said, “PIL is committed to support this initiative on the commercialisation of electric harbour crafts. As a Singapore home-grown shipping line and with our focus on sustainability, we look forward to engaging the consortium and contributing towards Singapore’s national climate target of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.”
Francis Tang, Commercial Director, Bureau Veritas Marine said, “BV Marine (Singapore) is absolutely honoured to join this consortium with a clear mission to develop sustainable, ecological and economically feasible solutions for Singapore’s harbour craft community. BV has been actively supporting the Singapore maritime ecosystem for many years now, and we will continue to bring along our best practices, experience and technical expertise to this excellent consortium.”
Peter Chew, CEO, PSA Marine said, “PSA Marine is keen to support the consortium’s efforts to participate in the MPA Expression of Interest to design and develop electric harbour craft in Singapore. We look forward to contributing ideas and experiences, including collaborating with like-minded partners, to reduce carbon emissions for the Singapore harbour craft industry.”
Chan Eng Yew, CEO, Strategic Marine said, “Strategic Marine through this collaboration continues to affirm our commitment and contribution as a shipbuilder towards the IMO GHG 2050 goal and Singapore’s Net Zero 2050 goals.”
Abhinav Sahai, Founder, SeaCabbie said, “SeaCabbie is excited and honoured to be a part of this consortium dedicated to revolutionizing harbour crafts both locally and globally. As the first mover in Singapore to introduce a digital booking platform for harbour crafts, we bring the right expertise to ensure a successful implementation of electric harbour craft operations.”
George Lee, CEO, Sea Forrest said, “Sea Forrest’s years of expertise in marine electric propulsion, energy storage, energy management, and charging solutions are directly relevant for the operations of electric harbour crafts in Singapore. We look forward to this collective journey to transform one of the world’s busiest port, offering cost-effective, innovative, and eco-friendly solutions.”
Maureen Chan, Director, Victory said, “We are working towards operating floating chargers to complement onshore charging. By providing electron pitstops on operational routes, we hope to extend the range for electric vessels to provide operational flexibility and route optimisation.”
Profile of consortium companies
Headquartered in Singapore, Cyan Renewables is Asia’s first pure-play offshore wind vessel owner in the fast-growing offshore wind farm industry, aimed at creating sustainable long-term value for our stakeholders. Built on a strong foundation of highly experienced team, we aspire to accelerate the growth of the offshore wind sector by investing in a dedicated fleet of wind farm support vessels that includes Cable-Lay Vessels (CLV), Service Operation Vessels (SOV) as well as Wind Turbine Installation Vessels (WTIV).
Cyan’s mission is to facilitate the world’s transition towards a greener future by being the partner of choice to both wind farm developers and vessel operators. We focus on integrating innovative solutions with both safety (people and environment) and customers’ needs in mind, thereby providing our client with best-in-class services.
Bureau Veritas Marine (Singapore)
Bureau Veritas is a world leader in laboratory testing, inspection and certification services. Created in 1828, the Group has 75,000 employees located in more than 1,600 offices and laboratories around the globe. Bureau Veritas helps its clients improve their performance by offering services and innovative solutions, in order to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructure and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility.
Bureau Veritas is listed on Euronext Paris and belongs to the Next 20 index.
PSA Marine has been a leader in the maritime sector since 1964. As part of the global supply chain, we have a presence in more than 10 countries across Asia, Middle East, Europe and Latin America today.
Headquartered in Singapore, we provide integrated marine services – pilotage, towage, and offshore windfarm crew transfer to the ports and terminals, oil and gas, shipping and renewable energy sectors. With 1,800 passionate and dedicated employees and more than 70 tugs worldwide, we share a common belief in delivering only the best. Our commitment to excellence fuels our zeal to innovate and define the future of maritime for the generations ahead. PSA Marine is a wholly owned subsidiary of PSA International, a leading global port group and a trusted partner to cargo stakeholders around the world.
Headquartered in Singapore, Strategic Marine is a dynamic shipbuilding company with an international book of business and is renowned for producing quality, high performance commercial and defence & security vessels for markets across the globe.
Over the years, Strategic Marine has successfully built and delivered over 600 high-quality vessels to satisfied clients all over the world. These vessel types range from Oil & Gas Vessels, Offshore Wind Service Vessels, Maritime Security Vessels, Passenger & Tourism Vessels as well as several types of Workboats. Beyond shipbuilding, the company offers Service and Maintenance, Fabrication and Engineering, Marine Logistics services and Financial Services and Solutions for its products – providing a turnkey, hassle-free, end-to-end solutions to clients.
SeaCabbie is the first and only ride hailing application for launch or tender boats in ports around the world. SeaCabbie’s aim is to simplify and streamline the process of ordering launch boats which to today tends to be a very tedious and time-consuming job.
Sea Forrest Technologies
Incorporated in 2011 as a marine and offshore project management company, Sea Forrest has evolved to delivering sustainable and decarbonization solutions leveraging on in-house talents and experiences in mechatronics, automation software and controls, marine engineering and maritime operations. Today, Sea Forrest specializes in delivering energy management solutions through marine electric and hybrid propulsion, marine charging, and marine energy storage systems.
Since incorporation in 1986, Victory has been operating a fleet of floating kiosks, dedicated to serving the local harbour craft community. Starting with one small wooden tanker, the company owns 6 steel vessels today, and expanded to serving the full range of commercial vessels.
Victory is a fully accredited bunker supplier under Maritime Port of Singapore, and adheres to the requirements of the Singapore Standard SS648:2019 – Code of Practice for Bunker Mass Metering.
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