July 15, 2024
MARITIME: Singapore Gets First Electric Hybrid Bunker Tanker
– By Godswill Odiong

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Singapore’s largest bunker port has received its first hybrid bunker tanker, the “MARINE CHARGE” equipped with a battery energy storage system designed to reduce emissions and provide stable energy loads through peak shaving, according to FleetMon.

It stated: “The 7,900-ton bunker vessel was built by China’s Zhejiang Shenzhou Sunshine Heavy Industry and ordered by Vitol through its subsidiary V-Bunkers in 2021. MARINE CHARGE was designed by Singapore’s SeaTech Solutions and classed by Bureau Veritas. Its sister ship, the “Marine Dynamo,” is scheduled for delivery in late May. Both vessels are fitted with a 480 kWh energy storage system developed by Shift Clean Energy.

“The Energy Storage System (ESS) is expected to achieve a 10% reduction in GHG emissions and comprises Lithium-ion batteries controlled by a highly automated power management system. The ESS enables the auxiliary engines to operate at the most optimal configuration with regard to fuel oil consumption. The system performs peak saving by recharging the batteries when the power load on the generators is low and supplying extra power to the ship when the power load on the engines is high. This allows the main generators to operate with a more stable load, reducing fuel consumption.

“The system is also able to recharge using shore power and will be able to utilize this to its benefit once shore power becomes available in the ports of Singapore.”

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