A 15m-long pilot boat, Singapore’s first hybrid vessel, has been classed by Bureau Veritas (BV). The aluminium Penguin Tenaga, with capacity for 12 passengers, was built at Penguin Shipyard International, which now owns and operates the vessel. BV has classed the Penguin Tenaga with Electric Hybrid and Zero Emission (“ZE”) notation.
The pilot boat can operate in electric mode for more than 30 minutes at five knots. In conventional diesel operation, it has a maximum speed of 24 knots. Additional electrical energy is generated by solar panels on the roof. These provide power to supplement the vessel’s “hotel load” including the recharging of mobile devices.
David Barrow, BV Marine & Offshore vice president, South Asia and Pacific, commented: “This project is a fantastic step in our industry’s decarbonisation journey and continues to demonstrate the innovative strategy being adopted throughout the Singapore Marine Cluster. We have been delighted to support Penguin and the other stakeholders in the unique project."“Working in a truly collaborative way, we have all ensured a successful project delivery. The forward-looking strategy by Penguin has to be a leading example of what we can achieve in meeting our sustainability goals and targets.”
Partners in the project are Penguin International Limited, which owns the shipyard, Danfoss Power Solutions Pte Ltd, Durapower Technology (Singapore) Pte Ltd, ZF Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, BH Global Corporation Ltd, and BV.
BV classes Singapore’s first hybrid vessel