THE MARITIME and Port Authority of Singapore has chosen three pilot schemes for charging electric harbour craft at the port.

MPA selected the Pyxis Energy, Pyxis Maritime and SP Mobility partnership; Seatrium O&G (International); and Yinson Electric for their vessel charging concepts to be piloted in Singapore.

From 2030, all new harbour craft operating in the Port of Singapore will need to be either fully electric, capable of using B100 biofuel, or compatible with net-zero fuels such as hydrogen.

MPA in August last year called for proposals to develop, operate and maintain electric harbour craft charging points in Singapore.

The port authority received 12 proposals from companies and consortiums for the two-year pilot.

The pilot is due to begin in March 2024 and continue to March 2026, with an option to extend by another year to March 2027.

“Pending the pilot’s outcome and findings, the concept could be applied to other sites to support e-HC operations in the Port of Singapore,” MPA said.

“Insights from the data collected will also contribute towards the development of a national e-HC charging infrastructure masterplan, implementation plan, and also the national standards for e-HC charging infrastructure to support e-HC operations in Singapore.”

The Pyxis and SP Mobility proposals would be deployed at the Marina South Pier while MPA plans to work with Seatrium and Yinson to further develop their concepts prior to testing.

MPA plans to progressively roll out the charging infrastructure for electric harbour craft operations in Singapore from 2025.

MPA said it would continue to monitor technology trends and develop pilots to support the development of electrification charging standards for domestic maritime activities.