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46m Passenger Ferry Solidifies Incat Crowther’s Position As A Shipbuilding Partner

46m Passenger Ferry Solidifies Incat Crowther’s Position As A Shipbuilding Partner

Incat Crowther is pleased to announce the delivery of Nordlicht II, a 46m 450-pax catamaran ferry, by Singapore's Penguin Shipyard International. Penguin delivered Nordlicht II this week to Germany's AG EMS after successfully completing sea trials in Singapore. Built by Penguin's wholly-owned subsidiary in Batam, PT. Kim Seah Shipyard Indonesia, the ferry is based on the Incat Crowther 46 design, the largest vessel from the drawing boards of Incat Crowther’s Europe office.

The vessel will be operated on a number of routes, including serving the North Sea-islands Borkum and Helgoland.

Nordlicht II is the product of a highly efficient consultative process whereby Incat Crowther initially supported the client AG EMS to develop a vessel specific to their own operating requirements. This process included discussions on the propulsion plant and motion damping system along with extensive discussions on the internal arrangement and outfitting of the vessel.

The aim and successful outcome of this process is to ensure that AG EMS have a vessel that meets their exacting requirements and standards. With an agreed design, Incat Crowther held an international tender for the construction of the vessel, ensuring that AG EMS received directly comparable quotations for the build of the vessel and simplified the selection of the most suitable shipyard.

Penguin was selected through this rigorous tender process.

Nordlicht II is capable of carrying up to 450 passengers, with an additional 52 exterior passengers seats and tables. The main deck consists of 248 economy class passengers with a large kiosk and racks for small luggage items. Aft the main passenger lounge is a large dedicated luggage room and aft of this is a section of crew accommodation.

The upper deck is divided into two cabins, a 111-passenger cabin amidships and a business class cabin for 96 passengers forward, with views over the foredeck, as well as discreet boarding facilities. The two passenger decks are linked by both an open stairwell and an elevator. The third deck houses the wheelhouse, a crew mess and senior crew cabins.

Nordlicht II is powered by twin MAN 175D main engines, each producing 2960 kW, the first use of these new modern engines in a high-speed ferry She has a top speed of in excess of 36 knots and a service speed of 33 knots.

Designed for the prevailing conditions of the route, Nordlicht II features a high bow and possesses excellent seakeeping characteristics with a motion damping system consisting of T-foils and interceptors provided by Naiad.

Incat Crowther's contribution to Nordlicht II demonstrates the firm’s position as the ideal shipbuilding partner, providing support from initial concept through to commissioning.

HYDROMASTER INTRODUCES HIGH SPEED THUSTER FOR FAST CRAFT

HYDROMASTER INTRODUCES HIGH SPEED THUSTER FOR FAST CRAFT

HYDROMASTER, renowned for its self-contained outboard propulsion units, has recently introduced its latest addition to an already existing wide range of azimuth and tunnel thrusters.

Responding to the need for a fully steerable thruster for faster craft, the company has developed a range of thrusters able to operate with vessel speeds up to 28 knots, with favourable hull designs even up to 30 knots.

Initiated by a request from and in cooperation with Damen Shipyards, two years of research and extensive CFD studies have resulted in a genuine 360 degrees steerable thruster. It has a highly streamlined low-drag underwater body, housing a set of high grade spiral bevel gears driving an optimised pulling type highly skewed Class I propeller. It allows owners and naval architects to fit their latest commercial designs with a set of heavy duty thrusters combining superior propulsion efficiency with vessel speed and optimal manoeuvrability.

Installing waterjets or other less efficient or non-commercial grade propulsion methods will be a thing of the past and the practice of installing rudders and/or bow thrusters will become obsolete. It will provide fast craft with much desired low-speed manoeuvring, perfect for quick berthing, while approaching landing points or platforms, it will greatly reduce turn-around times. The application seems limitless with the recent developments and increasing demand for smaller sized fast craft, like CTVs and high speed ferries.

The thrusters are suitable to integrate with any hull material, including aluminium, glass fibre or carbon fibre hulls. In the wheelhouse the use of a joystick system brings actions like side-stepping, astern and other fancy moves down to a simple one-hand control.

The HYDROMASTER high speed thrusters are available in a power range up to 900 kW in a L-drive configuration with vertical mounted electric motor and full electric steering, to cater for the latest generation of electric powered vessels.

For direct diesel engine driven right-angle upper gearbox Z-drive versions are available. Gears and bearings have been sized to meet requirements of all internationally recognised classification societies, for a full continuous heavy-duty rating.

The first units will be delivered shortly to Damen Shipyards and find its application on a series of high speed river cats.

For more information contact

Ms Ona Tang,
business development manager,
Hydromaster Far East Pte Ltd @

+65 9187 9375 or email to ona.tang@hydromasterpropulsion.com

GLOW MARINE SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED KAI SHIUAN 8
AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC

GLOW MARINE SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED KAI SHIUAN 8 
AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC

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.

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

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

MANAGEMENT:
To provide the owners with consultancy on the entire range of Project and Fleet Management.

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.

Keppel strengthens track record with delivery of fifth dredger

Keppel strengthens track record with delivery of fifth dredger

Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M) has delivered its fifth Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) to Jan De Nul Group with a perfect safety record.

Ortelius, a 6000m3 TSHD, is the fifth dredger that Keppel O&M has delivered to Jan De Nul Group, following the delivery of three 3500m3 TSHDs and one 6000m3 TSHD last year. All five are Ultra-Low Emission vessels (ULEv) and the world's first European Union (EU) Stage V dredgers.

In line with Keppel’s Vision 2030 which puts sustainability at the heart of our strategy, Keppel O&M is providing value-added solutions to support the reduction of carbon emissions in the industry.

Mr Tan Leong Peng, Managing Director (New Builds) of Keppel O&M, said, "The delivery of a fifth dredger is testament to Keppel O&M’s newbuild capabilities and technological expertise. Our partnership with Jan De Nul Group has grown from strength to strength, and we are pleased to have delivered all five Ultra-Low Emission dredgers to Jan De Nul Group safely and efficiently, harnessing our holistic construction methodology.
“Despite the impact of COVID-19, we optimised operations while implementing safe management measures, and diversified our supply chain network, thus enabling us to catch up on work in a safe and efficient manner.”
Ortelius is fitted with a two-stage filtering technique for exhaust gases. Built to the requirements of the EU Stage V and International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) Tier III regulations , Ortelius is diesel-electric driven and able to dredge to a maximum depth of 35m. It features a shallow draught, is highly manoeuvrable, and is suitable for working in confined areas.
Mr Robby De Backer, Director of Newbuilding Department of Jan De Nul Group, said, "Ortelius, like all our new dredgers, allows dredging at the lowest levels of emissions to date. The Jan De Nul Group and Keppel teams worked closely to overcome the challenges caused by COVID-19 and expedite the delivery of Ortelius. We are proud to partner with industry leader Keppel, who has through their engineering expertise and excellent service, provided assurance in the safe delivery of high-quality vessels.”


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 www.keppelom.com.

Design. Build. Connect. Jan De Nul Group shapes water and land. Worldwide. From complex offshore services for oil and gas and renewables, to large dredging and both land and coastal reclamation projects, to challenging civil construction programmes. Well integrated competences and investments lead to creative, sustainable and innovative solutions. In this way Jan De Nul Group delivers results that produce satisfied customers. Building a better future. - www.jandenul.com

ROLLS-ROYCE SUPPLIES mtu GAS ENGINES FOR WORLD’S FIRST LNG TUGBOAT WITH HYBRID SYSTEM

ROLLS-ROYCE SUPPLIES mtu GAS ENGINES FOR WORLD’S FIRST LNG TUGBOAT                                           WITH HYBRID SYSTEM

Rolls-Royce is supplying two mtu 16V 4000 M55RN gas engines to Sembcorp Marine Integrated Yard for the construction of the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG)-hybrid powered tug. The harbour tug will be operated in Singapore by Jurong Marine Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine. The new LNG-hybrid tug is the first of 12 tugs that Sembcorp Marine plans to design and build to replace the existing diesel-powered ones between now and 2025.

“We are very happy to be part of Sembcorp Marine’s efforts in environmental protection and adopt new green technologies in their operations. The mtu marine gas engines are part of Rolls-Royce’s Green and High-Tech programme. Without exhaust gas aftertreatment they emit no sulfur oxides only very small quantities of nitrogen oxide and particulate mass is below the verification limit”, says Chew Xiang Yu, Head of Rolls-Royce Power Systems’ commercial marine business in Asia.

This is the first LNG-hybrid tug to be powered by mtu gas engines worldwide. Designed by LMG Marin (Norway), part of the Sembcorp Marine group, to deliver 65T Bollard Pull (BP) with ABS Class, the LNG-hybrid tug is estimated to be completed in the later part of 2021. The main propulsion system of the tug comprises twin 16-cyclinder mtu Series 4000 gas units which will provide a combined total power of 2984 kilowatts at 1600 RPM (revolutions per minute). The new gas engines are able to deliver performance comparable to a high-speed diesel engine. Equipped with multipoint fuel injection, dynamic engine control and enhanced turbocharging, the engines cater for dynamic acceleration capabilities, high power output and reduced emissions considerably below the current IMO III limits without the need for exhaust aftertreatment. The LNG-hybrid propulsion system will be able to provide flexibility to cater for various operational modes and is able to switch between low emission liquefied natural gas (LNG) engines and zero-emission battery power.

The new mtu gas engines are already powering ferries operated by the Dutch shipping company Doeksen in the specially protected Wadden Sea. A Lake Constance ferry operated by Stadtwerke Konstanz will also start operating in 2021 with the new mtu gas engines.

Sembcorp Marine is an integrated brand offering one-stop engineering solutions for the offshore, marine and energy industries. The Group’s solutions focus on the following areas: Gas Value Chain, Renewable Energy processes, Advanced Drilling Rigs, Ocean Living and Maritime Security. Sembcorp Marine operates shipyards and facilities in Singapore, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Norway and Brazil.
Rolls-Royce pioneers cutting-edge technologies that deliver clean, safe and competitive solutions to meet our planet’s vital power needs.

Rolls-Royce Power Systems is headquartered in Friedrichshafen in southern Germany and employs around 10,000 people. The product portfolio includes mtu-brand high-speed engines and propulsion systems for ships, power generation, heavy land, rail and defence vehicles and for the oil and gas industry as well as diesel and gas systems and battery containers for mission critical, standby and continuous power, combined generation of heat and power, and microgrids.

Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.
Annual underlying revenue was £15.45 billion in 2019, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services.

Underwater Mounting Rexpeller

Underwater Mounting Rexpeller

Thanks to specially developed lifting and sealing techniques, these azimuth thrusters can be mounted or dismantled underwater.These are large azimuth thrusters that can be mounted directly to the hull.
The underwater mounting Rexpeller is the perfect solution for drillships, semi-submersible rigs, FPSO units and other offshore vessels.
Features
· Safe, easy installation
· No dry-docking required for thruster maintenance
Installation
An azimuth thruster suspended by a cable is lowered into the water and then lifted with another cable extending from the hull.
Kawasaki began production of Rexpeller azimuth thrusters in 1983 and has since delivered approximately 1,000 units. Moving forward, the company hopes to continue contributing to maritime shipping and other marine industries around the world through the provision of propulsion equipment that offers excellent propulsive performance, energy savings and environmental performance for various ships.
* Rexpeller is a registered trademark of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.

HYDROMASTER INTRODUCES HIGH SPEED THUSTER FOR FAST CRAFT

HYDROMASTER INTRODUCES HIGH SPEED THUSTER FOR FAST CRAFT

HYDROMASTER, renowned for its self-contained outboard propulsion units, has recently introduced its latest addition to an already existing wide range of azimuth and tunnel thrusters.

Responding to the need for a fully steerable thruster for faster craft, the company has developed a range of thrusters able to operate with vessel speeds up to 28 knots, with favourable hull designs even up to 30 knots. Initiated by a request from and in cooperation with Damen Shipyards, two years of research and extensive CFD studies have resulted in a genuine 360 degrees steerable thruster. It has a highly streamlined low-drag underwater body, housing a set of high grade spiral bevel gears driving an optimised pulling type highly skewed Class I propeller.

It allows owners and naval architects to fit their latest commercial designs with a set of heavy duty thrusters combining superior propulsion efficiency with vessel speed and optimal manoeuvrability. Installing waterjets or other less efficient or non-commercial grade propulsion methods will be a thing of the past and the practice of installing rudders and/or bow thrusters will become obsolete. It will provide fast craft with much desired low-speed manoeuvring, perfect for quick berthing, while approaching landing points or platforms, it will greatly reduce turn-around times.

The application seems limitless with the recent developments and increasing demand for smaller sized fast craft, like CTVs and high speed ferries. The thrusters are suitable to integrate with any hull material, including aluminium, glass fibre or carbon fibre hulls. In the wheelhouse the use of a joystick system brings actions like side-stepping, astern and other fancy moves down to a simple one-hand control.

The HYDROMASTER high speed thrusters are available in a power range up to 900 kW in a L-drive configuration with vertical mounted electric motor and full electric steering, to cater for the latest generation of electric powered vessels. For direct diesel engine driven right-angle upper gearbox Z-drive versions are available. Gears and bearings have been sized to meet requirements of all internationally recognised classification societies, for a full continuous heavy-duty rating.

The first units will be delivered shortly to Damen Shipyards and find its application on a series of high speed river cats.

For more information contact

Ms Ona Tang,
business development manager,
Hydromaster Far East Pte Ltd @

+65 9187 9375 or email to
ona.tang@hydromasterpropulsion.com

BH Global Successfully Delivered Singapore’s First Hybrid-powered Ship– The “Penguin Tenaga”

BH Global Successfully Delivered Singapore’s First Hybrid-powered Ship– The “Penguin Tenaga”

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.

ENGINE ROOM FIRE SUPPRESSION

ENGINE ROOM FIRE SUPPRESSION


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.

*Warranty
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

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 www.keppelom.com.

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’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.”

Nakashima Propeller And Becker Marine Systems Strengthen
Their Joint Position In The Global Maritime Market

Nakashima Propeller And Becker Marine Systems Strengthen
Their Joint Position In The Global Maritime Market

The Japanese propeller manufacturer Nakashima Propeller and the German Becker Marine Systems
are further expanding their strategic partnership after decades of cooperation. The combined product
portfolio of both companies creates a strong hydrodynamic system provider for propulsion and
manoeuvring of ships of all sizes for shipyards and shipping companies worldwide.

The Japanese company Nakashima Propeller Co. Ltd. takes a majority stake in the German shipbuilding supplier Becker Marine Systems GmbH. This means that two of the world‘s market and technology leaders of the maritime industry will be working even more closely together in the future. Together they can make good use of the product portfolios that complement each other well in the aft ship area. Nakashima Propeller as the world market leader for propellers and Becker Marine Systems as a leading manufacturer of high-efficient rudders and maritime energy-saving devices can thus not only deliver their own technical solutions for medium-sized and large ship types but can also offer more efficient combined systems for the aft section of vessels.

“We have gotten to know Nakashima Propeller as a much respected and reliable partner through decades of cooperation,” said Dirk Lehmann and Henning Kuhlmann, the two managing directors at Becker Marine Systems, “and because we are expert suppliers in the area in front of and behind the propeller with well-known products such as the Becker Mewis Duct® and the Becker Rudder family, the cooperation with the globally leading propeller manufacturer is, of course, a perfect fit.“

Both family companies will aim to be able to offer a very well-coordinated set of innovative technologies in both the newbuilding and retrofit sectors. Customers can now put together attractive overall packages from products that have been successfully tested worldwide. This includes Nakashima’s propellers and bow thruster systems and Becker‘s manoeuvring systems, energy-saving devices and battery solutions. Both companies also have state-of-the-art Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) departments, which will be used even more efficiently together.

„Becker and Nakashima have started the cooperation since 1978. This time, we are pleased to enhance
the strategic partnership with Becker Marine Systems through this agreement. I strongly believe that the
relationship and trust which both families and management teams built over 40 years enables us to reach this agreement successfully. We will make a significant contribution to total optimisation for propulsive performance as well as manoeuvring performance to our customers during entire lifecycle of ships.“ said Nakashima‘s President Takayoshi Nakashima as well as Lehmann and Kuhlmann, who will continue to hold the position of managing directors.

As Nakashima Propeller and Becker Marine Systems benefit even more from the new partner‘s additional product portfolio in the future, the merger of the two companies will be advantageous for shipowners and shipyards concerning the use of an optimised maritime technology package and a global service network that is active in all time zones.