Singapore yard Strategic Marine has commissioned a study from the Maritime Energy and Sustainable Development Centre of Excellence (MESD CoE) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) to compare the efficiency of traditional diesel-powered and hybrid-powered crew transfer vessels (CTVs).
The study aims to help the company expand its knowledge and expertise of sustainable solutions for the sector. Jointly funded by the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) and NTU, MESD CoE works to support Singapore’s strategic maritime needs through research and capacity development.
Chan Eng Yew, CEO Strategic Marine said: ” We are happy to bring our expertise in building specialised vessels for offshore crew supply to support MESD CoE’s work in sustainable solutions through this partnership.”
Associate Professor Jasmine Lam, Centre Director, MESD CoE, NTU Singapore, said: “We are honoured that Strategic Marine has chosen MESD CoE to conduct this study, demonstrating their commitment to knowledge and the promotion of sustainable solutions. We are pleased to support our maritime community as it transits towards a low-carbon future.”
The commissioned study will assess the difference in energy and emissions profiles between the company-built diesel-powered and hybrid-powered CTV. Researchers will conduct joint sea trials with Strategic Marine to collect the CTVs’ operational data. It will adopt established MESD CoE’s methods for fuel consumption and emission assessments across varying speeds, profiles, and distances. Strategic Marine believes that the study will serve as a valuable benchmark for shipowners to evaluate their fleet’s energy and emissions performance across various operational profiles. This will translate into informed decisions when selecting alternative low-carbon energy fleets that meet green regulatory requirements.
Strategic Marine is known for its hybrid CTVs, particularly in the offshore windfarm sector. Its latest success includes deals for firm contracts, and options to build 10 hybrid CTVs for UK-based offshore vessel owner-operator HST Marine.
Chan concluded: “Our hybrid vessels adopting technology that will help reduce maritime industry greenhouse gas emissions are gaining popularity, and we are glad that they can also contribute to research on sustainability solutions for the industry.”