1. Aerosol Fire Suppression
The FirePro Aerosol system is a patented non-pyrotechnic solid potassium salt-based condensed aerosol fire suppression system. The system is tested and certified by various agencies such as the Underwriters Laboratory (UL), BV etc. Aerosol fire suppression is amongst the most efficient method in existing technology as it inhibits the flame chemical chain reaction directly. It is acceptable by the most marine Class as a fixed fire extinguishing system for special purpose rooms under the IMO regulation. Condensed Aerosol Fire Suppression systems are governed by the NFPA 2010.
The Aerosol unit consists essential of an initiator, the solid aerosol forming compound (SBK) and cooling material. The solid aerosol forming compound (SBK) is stable and non-toxic. All FirePro units are hermetically sealed internally which ensures that the life-shelf of every unit is at least 15 years. There is no pressurized gases, tanks nor are piping works required. The fire suppressant agent is certified and proven safe to be used in protected spaces containing sensitive electrical/electronic equipment. Most importantly the FirePro Aerosol unit is non-pyrotechnic.

2. In the Event of a Fire The fire detection system will automatically activate the visual and audible alarm on the control panel. The FirePro aerosol units can be activated by activating the Breakglass unit in the wheelhouse or near door, outside the engine room. After the pre-set delay timing, the Aerosol will automatically discharged. Observe for any re-ignition and do not open any door or hatch until a minimum of 10 minutes after the activation of the fire suppression system. Remember to open doors or hatches only slightly and with extreme caution. Ensure you are protected from any fire and gases that may still be present, and have a portable fire extinguisher at the ready for use if required. Replace and reset the FirePro system at the earliest opportunity.

3. Advantages of the FirePro Aerosol Engine Room Fire Suppression System
The proposed FirePro Aerosol Fire Suppression System has the following benefits.
*UL listed & BV certified (Marine Application)
Fire Suppression System And many other approvals and certifications, with test reports on engine test fires.

*No synthetic chemicals and residues
Aerosol (potassium carbonate) is non-toxic and is easily removed by ventilation of the hazard area. Pressurized gaseous fire suppressant all contain Fluorine and forms toxic HF fumes within the engine compartment and driver cabin on contact with fire.
*Non-conductive and non-harmful to electronics
Tested to be non-conductive at high voltages and certified safe for use on sensitive electrical/electronic equipment.

*No space requirements for pressurized gaseous agent tanks
Savings in space which can be used by driver for other purposes.
*No hazards (explosion) or maintenance (leakage) issues associated with pressurized gaseous agent tanks
The static aerosol unit is non-pressurized and certified for 15 years lifespan. Every unit is hermetically sealed and no maintenance on the unit itself is required. Placing a pressurized container within the driver cabin is a hazard to the driver in the event of a vehicle accident or failure of the cylinder valve.
*Fast reinstatement of fire suppression capability after discharge
Aerosol units can be easily and quickly (almost immediately) replaced whereas refilling of pressurized gaseous agent tanks will take a substantial time. And during the period agent refilling, the vehicle becomes unprotected.

*No maintenance
Cost savings in maintenance and resources as all FirePro Aerosol units are sealed, and without any moving parts so only visual inspection (maintenance) of units is required.

*After discharge costs
After a discharge the aerosol units just need to be replaced. The cost of refilling pressurized gaseous agent systems are very high as the tank(s) need to be removed from the installation, sent to an off-site refilling station for refiling and then transported back to SPS site to be re-installed.

The FirePro Aerosol units have a certified lifespan of 15 years with a manufacturer’s warranty of functionality for 5 years. Typical warranty on pressurized gaseous agent systems are only 1 year, from the date of manufacture at the factory!

*Fail Safe Fire Suppression
In the event of heat detection system failure the system can be manual activated. If the fire is detected in the early stages, manual activation is possible to minimize any damage or contingencies. In the event of a fire within the engine compartment when the vessel is not running or not manned, the FirePro Aerosol units are designed to self-activate when subject to a 300°C temperature (fire) condition. This serves to prevent or mitigate the potential loss of the entire vessel.

*Banning of Chemical Agents
Many countries such as in the EU and in Australia, have already banned or restricted the use of chemical agents (so-called clean agents) such as FM200. The FirePro Aerosol system utilizes a natural mineral element that exists even in food ingredients and preparations.
*Simplicity and Flexibility

The Fire Aerosol units come in standard sizes. The number of units required for a hazard space is totally dependent on its volume. So in the event the vessel are replaced or upgraded, the FirePro aerosol units are potentially re-useable. All these have operational implications to the user. The Aerosol units can simply be dismantled along with the fire detection and control devices and re-installed in the new

Singapore’s First Floating Energy Storage System

The Energy Market Authority (EMA) and Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) have jointly awarded a research grant to pilot Singapore’s first floating Energy Storage System (ESS). This project was awarded to a consortium led by Envision Digital International Pte Ltd (Envision Digital). This is part of the $10 million partnership between EMA and Keppel O&M to develop innovative energy solutions in the marine sector announced earlier in April this year.

Keppel O&M will be working with the consortium to deploy a 7.5 MW/7.5MWh lithium-ion battery ESS on Keppel O&M’s Floating Living Lab (FLL). This will be Singapore’s largest ESS deployment to date, with sufficient capacity to power more than 600 4-room HDB flats a day. As Singapore’s hot and humid environment can affect the performance of the ESS, the testbed will use an innovative liquid-cooling solution that utilises seawater to cool the battery cells and enhance the lifecycle of the ESS.

The ESS will also explore the first-of-its-kind battery stacking solution in Singapore. This could potentially reduce the footprint required for deployment by up to 40%. Findings from the project are expected to be applied to ESS on mainland Singapore. This would help support power grid stability and resilience, and facilitate the adoption of more renewable energy such as solar.

EMA’s Chief Executive, Mr Ngiam Shih Chun, said: “Energy storage and smart energy management systems support the deployment of more renewable energy in Singapore. This project will pave the way to overcome our land constraints, and set the blueprint for similar deployments in the future. We hope to continue co-creating more of such energy solutions with the industry as we work towards a more sustainable energy future for Singapore.”
The ESS will also be integrated with a Smart Energy Management System (SEMS) on the FLL to enhance its operational efficiency. Supported by artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms, the SEMS will optimise the efficiency of operations and reduce overall energy usage. The project is expected to be completed in 2023. More details of the project can be found in the Annex.

Mr Chris Ong, Chief Executive Officer of Keppel O&M, said: “We are proud to work with the consortium led by Envision Digital to pilot the first floating ESS on our FLL. Besides supporting Singapore’s energy needs, the developed solution will have multiple applications such as supporting areas with intermittent power supply, and rapid deployment to provide emergency power for places or remote islands affected by power disruptions. It can also be deployed on hybrid or fully electric vessels to significantly reduce carbon emissions. In line with Keppel’s Vision 2030, we are committed to the development of clean, efficient and cost-effective solutions that contributes to sustainable urbanisation."

With the aim of encouraging greater adoption of cleaner energy, the $10 million partnership forged between EMA and Keppel O&M highlights the co-creation efforts from the government and industry to spur innovative energy solutions and build capabilities in the wider industry ecosystem.

Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) is a world leader in providing total solutions to the offshore, marine and energy industries. Bolstered by a global network of yards and offices, it has extensive know-how across a wide range of capabilities – design & engineering, new builds, conversions & repairs, and support services

A pioneer in offshore solutions, Keppel O&M has a strong track record in designing and building high-performance offshore drilling rigs, production platforms and specialised ships. It is a trusted partner in the conversion, repair and modification of diverse and complex rigs and vessels, and is also a developer of integrated solutions for the offshore renewable and infrastructure industries.

Backed by robust operational excellence, Keppel O&M innovates and leverages new technologies to deliver projects on time, on budget, safely, reliably, and to the highest quality. For more information, visit

The Energy Market Authority (EMA) is a statutory board under the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Our main goals are to ensure a reliable and secure energy supply, promote effective competition in the energy market and develop a dynamic energy sector in Singapore. Through our work, EMA seeks to forge a progressive energy landscape for sustained growth.

Volvo Penta’s Transformation For The Marine Commercial Professional Of Today And Tomorrow

Volvo Penta is helping propel marine commercial professionals into the future with the latest technology in the fields of sustainability, automation, electrification, and connectivity. The company aims to perform and transform – balancing the development of today’s technology with future solutions for the marine commercial professional. This will be achieved by predicting and exploring the challenges of today and the needs of tomorrow.

In line with the Volvo Group's new ambitions, Volvo Penta has accelerated its sustainability aims. The Volvo Group recently announced its ambition to be a net-zero emissions company by 2050, at the latest. And the Group is now committing to the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTI) – with targets and roadmaps to be established during 2021. To support these sustainability goals, Volvo Penta is accelerating its efforts to reach zero emissions – through fossil-free, renewable fuels, electric, and hybrid technology.

“We have to perform and transform – in parallel,” says President of Volvo Penta, Heléne Mellquist. “We will perform by improving our current portfolio, based on current customer and market needs. At the same time, we are looking ahead; predicting future needs, and applying innovative technologies to evolve and transform accordingly. Balancing the development of today’s technology and future solutions is a demanding but inspiring challenge.”

Perform: Putting the Marine Commercial professional first
Volvo Penta has already begun to reduce emissions and increase fuel efficiency through its current product range – such as its unique Volvo Penta Inboard Performance System (IPS) and IMO III technology, both of which enables large reductions in emissions. Volvo Penta has also made commitments towards a circular economy approach through remanufactured products available across our marine range – including the IPS. The company is also leveraging the benefits of years of R&D in renewable fuels, electromobility, and hydrogen fuel cells, as well as new partnerships. The new commitment to SBTI will accelerate these efforts.

“As part of the company’s ‘fit for use’ approach, we put focus on the operator,” says Mellquist, "looking into their work environment, increased efficiency, uptime, productivity, etc.”

Volvo Penta IPS is one of the company’s success stories in this area. The IPS delivers superior features to today’s customers while being Future Proof – compatible with new technological advances in automation, connectivity, electrification, and zero emissions. The company recently reached a key milestone of 30,000 IPS units in the market.

Transform: Looking to the future
Volvo Penta has been working in the marine automation, connectivity, and electrification fields for a few years. These innovations can help to improve the environment and experience for the operator.

Automation and digitalization help operators focus on the task at hand in a safe way. There are already features on the market like the Dynamic Positioning System – onboard a number of vessels around the world.

“It is about designing an experience with ease, precision, and safety in mind,” explains Mellquist. “The Volvo Group is also expanding its automation focus, where we believe we can benefit and learn from the commercial transport sector and apply best practices for use at sea.”

Additionally, increased digitalization and connectivity will open possibilities for fleet management. The smart and connected vessel delivers benefits like safety, as well as increased efficiency and productivity. Which is why, just last week, the company revealed its Easy Connect App for marine commercial professionals. The data from this app helps operators, fleet managers, and service providers monitor fuel savings, routes, and improve overall operation. The app will be continuously updated and contribute to both ease of experience while also creating a good working environment.

Finally, and perhaps the most exciting field of development in the journey to zero-emissions, is electromobility. Building on the Volvo Group’s knowledge of electrification in the commercial transport sector Volvo Penta is now adapting this technology for marine applications.

“We are looking into viable business cases and learning and testing,” explains Mellquist. “We are building on our existing fully integrated system approach – but to achieve this we must work closely with partners and customers,especially in the early development phases. A recent example is a collaboration with Danfoss Editron and Danish operator MHO & Co.”

Overcoming the challenges and learning
As the company tests and learns it will discover solutions to key problems and challenges facing the future marine commercial industry – e.g., charging infrastructure capabilities, new business models for services, services growth, etc.

“In the future,” says Mellquist, “marine commercial professionals can expect a continued focus on sustainable innovation from Volvo Penta. We believe in many ways the professional market will pave the way for leisure markets – being the first to adopt electrification, advanced emission performance, and pushing the envelope for new features. Collaboration is key to capture opportunities across the industry. We will continue to work closely with marine commercial professionals – to ensure we deliver the best solutions now and in the future.”

Keppel secures FPSO contracts worth about S$73 million from MODEC

Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M) has through its wholly-owned subsidiaries in Singapore and Brazil secured two contracts worth a combined value of about S$73 million from MODEC Offshore Production Systems (Singapore) Pte Ltd (MODEC), a MODEC, Inc. group company.

In Singapore, Keppel Shipyard has been engaged to fabricate, complete and integrate the topside modules and mooring support structure for a Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO).

Components for the modules and mooring support structure are scheduled to arrive in 3Q 2020 for completion as well as integration and installation with the FPSO hull, which is expected in the yard in 4Q 2020.

Slated for delivery in 2Q 2021, the FPSO will be equipped to process 90,000 barrels of oil and 75 million standard cubic feet of gas per day and with a storage capacity of 700,000 barrels of oil.

In Brazil, Keppel O&M’s BrasFELS shipyard has been awarded a topside module fabrication contract for an FPSO for the Buzios field in the Santos Basin, off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Work on the FPSO, to be named FPSO Almirante Barroso MV32, is expected to commence in 3Q 2020 at the BrasFELS shipyard in Angra dos Reis, with delivery scheduled for 4Q 2021. This marks the seventh FPSO related project undertaken by BrasFELS for MODEC. When completed, the vessel will be capable of processing 150,000 barrels of oil and 212 million standard cubic feet of gas per day, with a minimum storage capacity of 1.4 million barrels of oil.

Mr Chris Ong, CEO of Keppel O&M, said, “We are pleased to have been chosen by repeat customer, MODEC, as a trusted partner to execute and deliver its key projects wherever they are needed.

“We have built a solid track record of 11 projects completed with the MODEC group of companies over the years, which include FPSO conversions, module fabrication and integration works, as well as turret projects.

“Against the backdrop of COVID-19, Keppel O&M has implemented enhanced safety measures to ensure the safety of our staff and customers, while leveraging technology and innovation to ensure that our operations can continue in a safe and efficient manner.”

Mr Anthony Quinn, President and COO of MODEC Offshore Production Systems (Singapore), said, "Keppel has been a trusted partner for MODEC. Their expertise, experience and reliability as a solutions provider both in Singapore or Brazil have contributed to our success as a leading provider of quality floating production systems.

“We have confidence in Keppel’s track record and ability to deliver in spite of the current challenging environment, as we continue to support Brazil’s significant oil and gas industry. While low oil prices amidst a global pandemic marks a difficult time for the industry, we are confident that there is continued demand for energy in the long-term as the global economy gears up for recovery.”

DNV GL launches hydrogen industry consortium to reduce carbon emissions from manufacturing

DNV GL has launched an international industry consortium in collaboration with Dutch glass production expert company Celsian to develop the technology required for a gradual transition from natural gas to hydrogen as a fuel in energy-intensive industrial production processes. The programme provides an important building block for the successful rollout of the sustainable hydrogen value chain.
A major challenge for energy-intensive industrial production processes, for example in the glass, food and ceramic sectors, is to make existing heating processes carbon-free. As electrification is often not an option, a fast and sustainable route to reduce the carbon intensity for industrial heating processes is to substitute natural gas by hydrogen.
“Existing burner and burner control technology to decarbonize industrial production processes are not yet market-ready, despite great interest and the advantages of hydrogen as a low carbon fuel in high-temperature industries. Our programme aims to have new burner concepts available within two years,” said Sander Gersen, project leader, DNV GL – Oil & Gas.
The two-year programme is a unique collaboration in the introduction of hydrogen as a fuel for industrial use, aiming to contribute fundamental improvements to existing industrial heating processes to make the gradual transition from natural gas to hydrogen fast and cost-efficiently.
The industry consortium comprises more than 30 private and public partners throughout the hydrogen value chain, including industrial end users, technology suppliers, fuel suppliers and traders, gas transport companies, knowledge institutes and the Dutch government.
“Together with our partners, we are looking at how we can best integrate new technology in industrial processes and hydrogen value chains. At the same time, we are gathering data and practical experience by conducting field demonstrations in various industrial environments. Right now, we are laying the foundation at DNV GL’s laboratories in Groningen. Subsequently, we will prepare for a field demonstration where the new technology is integrated into the industrial production processes of participating companies” said Johan Knijp, country manager DNV GL - O&G Netherlands.

The transition from natural gas to hydrogen
Three important principles must be considered when switching from natural gas to hydrogen. Firstly, it is crucial that product quality is not affected. Therefore, in the first phase of the research strong emphasis is on understanding heat transfer from the hydrogen flame to the product. Secondly, security of supply during the transition is important - in other words, an end-user always wants to be able to switch back (temporarily) to natural gas. Finally, the solution should be relatively easy and cost-effective to integrate into existing installations.
The programme's proposed solution to reduce the carbon intensity of industrial energy consumption builds on the fuel adaptive burner concept recently developed by DNV GL and burner system manufacturer Zantingh. Where a traditional burner is only suitable for 100% natural gas, the fuel transition adaptive burner can handle any mix of natural gas and hydrogen. An installation equipped with this new burner concept is prepared for any change in the natural gas/hydrogen mix that will be offered in the coming years while maintaining safety, reliability and low emissions.
From ambition to reality
Nationally and internationally, there is a lot of attention on hydrogen and its role in the energy transition. Both governments and private companies are investing significantly in this technology. In a recent survey of more than 1,000 senior oil and gas professionals conducted by DNV GL, one in five (21%) of the respondents revealed that their organization is already actively entering the hydrogen market, and more than half (52%) expect the gas to form a significant part of the energy mix within a decade.
“Hydrogen is in the spotlight while the energy transition is moving at pace - and rightly so. But to realize its potential, both government and industry will have to make bold decisions. The challenge now is not in the ambition, but in changing the timeline: from hydrogen on the horizon to hydrogen in our homes, businesses and transport systems,” said Liv A. Hovem, CEO, DNV GL - Oil & Gas.
"To reach the level where societies and industry can reap the benefits of hydrogen on a large scale, all stakeholders will need to pay immediate attention to demonstrating safety, enabling infrastructure, scaling up technology and stimulating the development of value chains through policy,” Hovem added.
The first field demonstration is planned at Nedmag in Veendam (Netherlands), where magnesium salt is processed using high-temperature processes. Preparations for this test have already started. By the end of 2020, an oil stove at the plant will be to run on hydrogen obtained from the nearby Gasunie Hystock hydrogen production plant in Zuidwending.
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Keppel extends support to vulnerable groups in fight against COVID-19

Keppel continues to provide support to vulnerable groups in Singapore in the fight against COVID-19.

In a community outreach effort, Keppel, together with its partner Envision, will provide care items including 50,000 surgical masks, as well as thermometers, personal protection equipment, disinfectants and 2-in-1 hand sanitiser with mosquito repellent to social service agencies such as the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS), HELP Family Service Centre, Boy’s Town, as well as others under the North West CDC.

In addition, over the Keppel Community Month of August, Keppel Volunteers will also deliver surgical masks and other care items to beneficiaries they are engaged with in ongoing programmes, such as AWWA, Montfort Care, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore) and the National Kidney Foundation.

Mr Loh Chin Hua, CEO of Keppel Corporation, said, “Keppel is committed to caring for and nurturing communities wherever we operate. COVID-19 has disrupted and impacted many lives, especially the most vulnerable in our community. In challenging times such as these, we are glad to extend our business partnership with Envision to doing good together and providing assistance to communities affected by COVID-19.”

Mr Lei Zhang, CEO of Envision Group, said, “In the face of a global crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, no country, company or individual can stand alone. In the same way we are fighting against the climate change crisis, we are committed to using our resources to fight the coronavirus pandemic and help build a sustainable future. In March, to help meet global demand for increased and rapid production of surgical masks, we set up the Envision Smile Manufacturing Centre and donated over six million masks to our partners worldwide. We will continue to work closely with our partners to address the global surge in demand for medical protective gear.”

Ms Latha Kutty, Executive Director of CPAS, said, “As a social service agency, Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore relies on the strong support of the community to serve over 700 children and adults with cerebral palsy or multiple disabilities. We are touched by the care and concern shown to us by corporate sponsors like Keppel, who thoughtfully donated a list of essential items such as masks, thermometers and hand sanitiser with mosquito repellent, which has come to us at a perfect time, relevant to the COVID-19 and dengue situation.”

Since the start of the pandemic, Keppel has committed over $5 million to provide support to communities affected by the pandemic in Singapore and overseas. In March 2020, Keppel announced a $4.2 million package to support Singapore’s national efforts to combat COVID-19, funded by voluntary contributions from the Group’s directors, senior management and staff, with dollar-for-dollar matching contributions from Keppel Corporation. Through this initiative, Keppel has supported lower-income households in Singapore through rebates given by Keppel Electric, M1 and City Gas to residents living in 1- and 2-room HDB flats, and also provided various care packages for the Group’s frontline contract staff, and migrant workers, as well as other vulnerable communities. Keppel has also contributed $600,000 to The Courage Fund in Singapore, including donations made through its philanthropic arm Keppel Care Foundation.



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