Artist’s impression of the electric ferry. Image credit: Incat Crowther UK
Shell today said it will launch a fully electric ferry service in Singapore during the first half of 2023, a move that marks a first for both Shell and Singapore.
Shell says it has awarded a contract Singapore's Penguin International Limited to design, build and operate at least three fully-electric ferries as part of the project.
The vessels will be new build 200-seater single-deck ferries will be used to transport passengers between mainland Singapore to Shell’s Energy and Chemicals Park on the island of Bukom.
The fully-electric ferries will be powered by a lithium-ion battery system with a capacity of 1.2 MWh and run at speeds of over 20 knots.
When berthed at Shell Bukom, the ferries will be charged via a combination of fast charging during peak hours, and slow charging during off-peak hours and overnight.
The new vessels will replace the conventional diesel-powered ferries currently being used.
“Switching to zero-emission, fully-electric ferries is part of Shell’s ambition to help accelerate progress towards net-zero emissions in the shipping sector,” said Nick Potter, General Manager of Shell Shipping and Maritime, Asia Pacific & Middle East.
"I thank Penguin and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore in supporting this shared ambition."