Zinus’ autonomous charging system will provide fully electric sea transportation for workers going to and from Shell Energy and Chemicals Park in Singapore

(Source: Zinus)

Electric ferries in Singapore to have Zinus autonomous charging systems

Norway’s Zinus AS, an autonomous and shore power specialist, has won its first contract in Asia to provide autonomous charging systems for three electric passenger ferries under construction in Singapore.

The fast catamarans are being built at Penguin Shipyard International for energy major, Shell, and will transport workers to and from the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park on Pulau Bukom Island, just outside Singapore. The three vessels are due to enter service in the first half of 2023. 

The scope of supply will include three charging towers on land, and six receiving units for charging plugs to be installed on the vessels. Connecting the vessels to shore power will take only about 20 seconds, Zinus said, and the system will be able to deliver a current of 4,400 amperes. The ferries will be operated by subsidiaries of Singapore-listed Penguin International Limited, which designs, builds, owns and operates fast aluminium vessels.   

Zinus CEO, Endre Eidsvik, commented: “This is an especially important order for Zinus, and we are pleased with our agreement with the renowned Penguin Shipyard. The contract marks our breakthrough in Asia and is a key milestone that strengthens our position internationally. We see Singapore as a very interesting market by virtue of its great focus on environment and sustainability.”

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