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BH Global, Penguin to deliver Singapore’s first hybrid electric fast launch

Singapore-based firms BOS Offshore & Marine (BOS) and Penguin International have inked a pact to deliver Singapore’s first newbuild fast launch with a marine hybrid electric propulsion system during the first quarter of 2020.

A memorandum of understanding was signed between BOS, subsidiary of BH Global, Penguin, Danfoss, Durapower Technology (Singapore), and Bureau Vitas (BV) for the joint design, development and construction of the plug-in hybrid electric fast launch.

“This collaboration is a significant stride for BH Global towards its goal of delivering environmentally friendly and commercially viable solutions for the local maritime industry, contributing positively to Singapore’s push towards reduction of carbon emissions and environmentally sustainability in local maritime operations,” said Vincent Lim, ceo of BH Global.

James Tham, managing director of Penguin, commented: “We are mindful of the role we play in Singapore’s marine ecosystem. This privately-funded collaborative partnership is the best way forward in commercialising proven technologies in marine hybrid propulsion for the benefit of Singapore.”

Penguin will own and operate the hybrid launch while BOS will provide technical and commercial expertise in the development of the plug-in parallel hybrid electric propulsion systems.

Danfoss and Durapower will support the testing and integration of power drive trains and energy storage systems respectively, and the fast launch will be classed by BV as a hybrid vessel.

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