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Green energy solutions firm Ken Energy has signed a letter of intent with the Coastal Sustainability Alliance (CSA) today to purchase fully-electric supply (esupply) boats from leading offshore marine engineering company, PaxOcean. The e-supply boats will be one of the first zero-emissions electric vessels to operate in the region and amongst the first to be designed, built and deployed in Singapore.

PaxOcean has designed and engineered the first-generation e-supply boat PXO-EXL-1, which will play an integral role in supporting coastal ships' supply deliveries with improved energy and operational efficiencies. The e-supply vessel has received in-principle approval from the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), Bureau Veritas Marine, and Registro Italiano Navale (RINA).

Additionally, PaxOcean and CSA member Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine Singapore (TCOMS) are collaborating to create digital twins of the electric vessels, thus enabling optimal operational performance while considering the various metocean conditions in which the ship will operate.

Mr Desmond Chong, Managing Director of Ken Energy, said, “In our focus of developing and implementing green energy solutions, we aim to advance the use of renewable energy and alternative fuels, as a means of reducing emissions and promoting a more sustainable and greener environment. As a start, we are looking into reducing our carbon footprint by exploring the use of PXO e-supply vessels to supply provisions and ship spares to our own fleet of bunker tankers. By adopting new technologies and ship designs, we anticipate a boost in optimisation for a more efficient marine supply chain.”

The PXO e-supply vessels are expected to operate in tandem with the charging electric infrastructure network made available in partnership with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Jurong Port. This deployment is ahead of MPA’s directive that all new harbour crafts must be fully electric, capable of using B100 biofuel or compatible with net-zero fuels by 2030.

Mr Tan Thai Yong, Chief Executive Officer, PaxOcean and Chairperson, CSA Council, said, "The commitment from Ken Energy to acquire the PXO e-supply boats is a significant recognition of the impact that the Coastal Sustainability Alliance's collective strengths can have in transforming Singapore's coastal maritime ecosystem to be future-ready. As the innovators, designers, and builders of these locally-customised vessels, CSA members are immensely encouraged by the global interest and support for the PXO e-vessel series. Our galvanised efforts are gaining traction among industry players, and we are proud to play a role in shaping the future of Singapore’s maritime supply chain and ecosystem."

CSA is on track to build Singapore’s next-generation coastal ecosystem

Besides the commercial sale of the PXO e-vessels, CSA is also working on a demand consolidation system with major ship owners and managers to increase operational and cost efficiencies. This will be achieved through optimised routing and utilisation of return vessels, thus reducing voyage costs.

In line with CSA's objectives to strengthen the competitiveness of SMEs in Singapore and uplift the maritime industry's value chain, over 70% of the e-supply boat components are sourced from local SMEs. This will generate business opportunities for at least seven (7) SMEs, resulting in a more resilient maritime business ecosystem.

Commenting on CSA’s progress to date, Mr Tan said, “We have made significant progress in the five strategic areas outlined in our mission to systematically decarbonise Singapore’s maritime ecosystem in a coherent and comprehensive manner. These include designing and building electric vessels, improving supply chain resilience to uplift SME capabilities, establishing electric charging infrastructure, optimising fleet and maritime logistics and creating career growth opportunities and skills training. We welcome interested parties to reach out to us to explore how we can collaborate and create a more sustainable maritime industry.”

Mr Kenneth Lim, Assistant Chief Executive (Industry and Transformation) of MPA, said: “We are heartened to see harbourcraft electrification gathering momentum and look forward to engaging Ken Energy and CSA early on the vessel design to optimise them for deployment in the local environment. Such close collaborations with these like-minded partners will help accelerate decarbonisation to meet Singapore’s commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.”

CSA is spearheaded by Kuok Maritime, comprising PaxOcean Holdings Pte Ltd (PaxOcean), Pacific Carriers Limited (PCL) and POSH (PACC Offshore Services Holdings). The CSA members include Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), GenPlus, Jurong Port Singapore, Sea Forrest, Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine, Singapore (TCOMS), and TES. The Alliance aims to build the next-generation of Singapore’s maritime ecosystem and accelerate the decarbonisation, electrification and advancement in energy-efficient logistics and engineering solutions by 2030.

Ken Energy Pte. Ltd. is a company that focuses on developing and implementing green energy solutions. The company is committed to advancing the use of renewable energy and alternative fuels, as a means of reducing emissions and promoting a greener environment.

Kuok (Singapore) Limited (KSL) is an investment holding company with interests in maritime activities, agrisolutions, property and equity investments in various listed companies. KSL was founded in 1948 and has since grown into a Group with a multi-billion asset base. KSL shares a common heritage with two other holding companies, namely Kerry Holdings Limited in Hong Kong and Kuok Brothers in Malaysia, in that they were all founded by the Kuok family. The subsidiaries under KSL include but not limited to PACC Offshore Services Holdings (POSH), Pacific Carriers Limited (PCL), PaxOcean Group, AllGreen Properties, Agrifert Group and K2 Data Centres. The Group will continue to build on its legacy and bring entrepreneurial spirit, heart and ambition to businesses in Asia as it innovates for the future.

Kuok Maritime group of companies of PaxOcean Group (PaxOcean), Pacific Carriers Limited (PCL), PACC Offshore Services Holdings (POSH), Pacific Workboats Pte Ltd (PWPL) and KSL Maritime Ventures (KMV) serves the maritime value chain from provision of offshore maritime and subsea support services, shipping and transportation, newbuilding to supporting start-ups offering technological and innovative solutions to the industry. The group is also a leader in the Coastal Sustainability Alliance in Singapore, working with like-minded industry partners to build a sustainable next-generation maritime ecosystem, accelerating decarbonisation efforts through vessel electrification, advancements in engineering solutions and coastal logistics optimisation. With a clear focus on maintaining the highest safety standards and anchored in bringing leading-edge, innovative services and solutions to the industry, Kuok Maritime Group is committed to creating a sustainable environment for the entire maritime value chain.

A subsidiary of Kuok Singapore Limited, PaxOcean owns and operates five shipyards located in Singapore, China and Indonesia. First established in 2007 in Singapore, PaxOcean offers a wide range of services covering newbuilding, module fabrication, green recycling, repairs and conversion of conventional and renewable energy assets.

Boats in the Water

Experience & Innovation: ZF Offers Unmatched Manoeuvrability with New Electronic Control System TotalCommand

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  • ZF brings industry-leading shifting performance and manoeuvring to wide range of recreational and professional vessels

  • Modular layout: TotalCommand can be customized for any vessel and application

  • Plug-and-play architecture facilitates vessel integration and reduces installation times

Friedrichshafen / Cannes. With TotalCommand, ZF brings a brand-new marine control system to market that offers unrivalled cruising and manoeuvrability performance for a wide range of recreational and professional vessels. With an elegant Italian design aimed at maximized user-friendliness, it allows the captain to control the vessel’s main propulsion system in a precise, efficient, and easy way. TotalCommand will be introduced during the 2021 Cannes International Boat Show.


ZF is leveraging more than sixty years of experience in designing maritime control systems with TotalCommand, a brand-new industry-leading electronic control technology. TotalCommand is fully compatible with ZF’s latest transmission shifting technology, therefore providing unmatchable clutch responsiveness, optimized control of proportional valves, and adaptive gear engagement. “At ZF, we have spent great effort to make TotalCommand the one-fits-all manoeuvring solution for a variety of professional and recreational vessels,” explains Federico Decio, Managing Director ZF Padova S.r.l, Head of Product Line Pleasure Craft. This approach not only includes its modular layout that allows adding up to six control stations and up to six drivelines, but also extends to its overall style by famed Italian designers Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro, which lets TotalCommand neatly blend into the most elegant of cockpits.

Combining control with comfort

ZF has developed TotalCommand as the new benchmark in responsiveness, intuitiveness, and adaptability. It starts with its “one button, one function” approach to operation, then continues to its modular layout, which allows up to six control heads and options like joystick manoeuvring system JMS, the automatic positioning system iAnchor or the drift speed and heading control iDrift – to be integrated into the console. All system parameters can be configured from the bridge, including the option to automatically maintain the same speed on multiple engines, improving operating efficiency, fuel economy, noise, and vibration, with all engines and transmissions coming under the control of one lever. Additionally, TotalCommand provides detailed telematics data regarding temperature, pressure, and output speed, giving the captain an extensive overview of the propulsion system's health. “All in all, TotalCommand brings you complete control of your ship’s thrust and manoeuvring”, says Mr. Decio.

For manufacturers and designers, ZF has implemented a plug-and-play architecture. With fewer harnesses and the option for a transmission-mounted processor, installation time is reduced considerably. TotalCommand is future-proofed by being Wi-Fi ready – allowing electronic manuals, diagnostic and maintenance data available via smartphone. As it is standard for ZF’s marine technology, the system is rigorously tested to the highest industry standards and developed according to rules of classification societies such as AMSA, Maritime NZ, ABS, DNV, Lloyds, USCG, ABYC and more.

TotalCommand will celebrate its public premiere during 2021 Cannes International Boat Show.

BH Global Successfully Delivered Singapore’s first hybrid-powered ship– the “Penguin Tenaga”

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Further to our press release on 11 February 2020 on the signing of MoU with several strategic partners, BH Global Corporation Ltd, is pleased to announce the successful delivery of Singapore’s first hybrid-powered ship – the “Penguin Tenaga”.

Together with our project partners, Penguin International Limited, Danfoss Power Solutions Pte Ltd, Durapower Technology (Singapore) Pte Ltd, ZF Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. and Bureau Veritas (BV), this landmark shipbuilding project epitomises the cooperative ‘can-do’ spirit among like-minded innovators working together towards Singapore’s future environmental sustainability.

Built, owned and operated by Penguin, the 15-metre aluminium monohull ship is Singapore’s first hybrid-powered ship with BV’s ZE (Zero Emission) class notation. The launch and commissioning of the “Penguin Tenaga” signifies the first step towards electrification of maritime vessels operating in Singapore waters.


The on-board electric-hybrid propulsion system supplied by BH Global’s subsidiary, Sea Forrest Power Solutions Pte Ltd, was designed for ease-of-use, with an ergonomic graphic user interface and a feature that automatically switches the propulsion mode from diesel to hybrid to pure electric.

Significantly, the vessel is capable of running on pure battery mode at 5 knots for more than 30 minutes. The “Penguin Tenaga” will shortly be deployed to Pulau Bukom to join Penguin’s fleet of workboats that are supporting Shell’s island refinery operations.


“The success of the “Penguin Tenaga” is a major milestone for BH Global and its strategic partners. We have embarked on this journey in support of Singapore’s Sustainability and Environmental goals, in which we took the lead for the joint design, development, and construction of Singapore’s first hybrid-powered vessel.

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) adopted an initial strategy to reduce, by 2050, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from shipping operations from 2008 levels by 50%. Singapore also pledged to reduce, by 2030, GHG emissions from 2005 levels by 36%. We will continue working towards our goal of providing solutions to lower emission footprint for coastal vessel owners and operators in Singapore and the regional waters.” said Vincent Lim, Chairman of BH Global.

Penguin’s Managing Director, Mr James Tham said, “It is especially heartening to work with fellow homegrown companies like BH Global and Sea Forrest to deliver Singapore’s first hybrid-powered ship.”


“Sea Forrest is a truly competent and creative provider of hybrid solutions, ranging from hardware to software.” Mr Tham added.


Understanding the importance of sustainability and environmental targets coupled with the extensive technical knowhow and experience learnt from this maiden project, Sea Forrest is working towards the vision of contributing to Zero Emission targets. Building on the success of the “Penguin Tenaga”, Sea Forrest is developing a “Full Electric Ready” system that will enable electric-hybrid vessels to transform into pure electric vessels with minimal modifications in the future. Sea Forrest is also trialling a plug-and-play quick-charging system capable of charging multiple vessels simultaneously rapidly.

“We aim to achieve a complete eco-system for Singapore’s electric-hybrid and pure electric propulsion systems, ranging from shore chargers to on-board systems.” said Mr George Lee, CEO of Sea Forrest.

“Electrifying harbour craft vessels operating in and around Singapore waters will significantly help to reduce Singapore’s emissions footprint. Equipped with the technical knowhow and relevant experience, BH Global, together with our subsidiary Sea Forrest, will endeavour to participate in and contribute towards realising this national vision.” Mr Vincent Lim added.

Sea Forrest will continue to spearhead further collaboration with owners, operators, suppliers and the authorities and drive initiatives towards the electrification and digitalisation of vessel operations. The Sea Forrest Marine Electric Integration Centre (MEIC) – a Complete System Verification Facility launched in 2019, provides research and development, with Testing and Certification capabilities, to customise Hybrid/Full electrification designs for a wide range of marine vessel types.

BH Global Corporation Ltd is an established group providing solutions internationally through five key divisions: Electrical and Technical Supply, Green LED Lighting, Integration Engineering, Cyber Security and Infrared Thermal Sensing Technology.

The Group is focused on continual transformation through sustainable Digitalization, Electrification and Environmental initiatives.

Sea Forrest Power Solutions Pte Ltd, an 80%-owned subsidiary of BH Global, from the Integrated Engineering Division, focuses on driving the growth of Marine Electrification business by providing electrification solutions coupled with increased efficiency of electrification process – lower turnaround time which is crucial for the mass deployment of electrification technology on vessels.

Penguin International is a Singaporean homegrown, publicly listed designer, builder, owner and operator of aluminium high-speed crafts. Through a group of wholly owned, integrated subsidiaries, Penguin International operates a fleet of crewboats and passenger ferries, as well as shipyards in Singapore and Batam, Indonesia. Penguin International serves customers worldwide.

Since 1995, Penguin International has delivered more than 200 aluminium workboats, patrol crafts and passenger ferries to ship owners around the world, including over 150 of its proprietary-designed Flex offshore crewboats and armoured security boats.


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In the wake of the current Covid 19 pandemic affecting economies across all industries and experiencing sharp lockdown globally, Singapore is not spared the impact of the pandemic. 

With the implementation of stringent corona virus measures, the Singapore Government has responded strongly to contain the outbreak positively and progressively workers were allowed to resume work in most sectors.

Glow Marine Pte Ltd (GlowMarine), a privately owned enterprise has successfully launched a 42.30metre Aluminium Catamaran amid this pandemic at Marinteknik Shipbuilders in Jurong, Singapore in April 2021.

The new Twin-Deck vessel was named KAI SHIUAN 8 during a traditional blessing of Chinese prayer offering.

KAI SHIUAN 8 is designed and built to the requirements of Bureau Veritas and Taiwan CR Classification Society and comply with IMO International Code of Safety for HighSpeed Craft.  KAI SHIUAN 8 will be delivered to her Taiwanese owner in Taiwan, the passenger vessel will be deployed for inter-island ferry services plying along the routes along the coastal waters in Taiwan.

The 10.30metre body width Catamaran has a capacity of 388 passengers, furnished with leather seating ensuring optimum comfort and safety for onboard passengers and other feature for wheelchair-bound travellers.

The propulsion system comprised of 4 units MTU 12V2000M86 main engines empowering 4 units Kamewa 56-4 waterjets via 4 units ZF3050 gearboxes and is capable of a speed in excess of 38knots during sea trial.

Mr Patrick Han, Asst Director, Economic Division, from Taipei Representative Office in Singapore, toured the vessel with his entourage.

The meeting with the visitors was positive and encouraging. Prior to this present project,  GlowMarine has delivered a 42.30metre Catamaran in year 2017 and another 41.0metre Mono Hull in 2018 to their owner in Taiwan.

 Mr Alan Chang, Executive Director, GlowMarine, said, “With today’s market condition, GlowMarine has plan to embark on an expansion programme and widen the scope of its activities while responsive to the market.”

GloMarine services include: Design; Build and Management.


To provide design consultancy with proposed design concepts tailored to each individual client’s requirements based on proven designs.


To construct vessels in the most innovative, economic ways and in friendly locations.


To provide the owners with consultancy on the entire range of Project and Fleet


Glow Marine Pte Ltd was established as a “One Stop Marine Solution Provider “. The Company has deep and wide experience in design, project management, fabrication and ship operation. These capabilities enable the company to swiftly assess and complete all complex projects and adapt to any prevailing market situations.

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