Coastal Sustainability Alliance to build Singapore’s next-generation maritime ecosystem, aim for 50% reduction in carbon emissions from ships and 20% reduction in maritime traffic by 2030
Kuok (Singapore) Limited Maritime Group, comprising PaxOcean Holdings Pte Ltd (PaxOcean), Pacific Carriers Limited (PCL) and POSH (PACC Offshore Services Holdings), today announced the launch of the Coastal Sustainability Alliance (CSA) at the launch and the formalization of a Memorandum of Understanding ceremony held at the Shangri-La Singapore. The event was attended by Alliance representatives, senior industry leaders and was honored by guest of honor Dr. Tan See Leng, Minister of Manpower and Second Minister of Commerce and industry.
CSA members include the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), GenPlus, Jurong Port Singapore, Sea Forrest, Technology Center for Offshore and Marine, Singapore (TCOMS) and TES. By 2030, the Alliance aims to build the next generation of Singapore’s maritime ecosystem and accelerate decarbonisation, electrification and the advancement of energy-efficient logistics and engineering solutions. CSA is expected to invest more than S$20 million in various sustainability efforts over the next ten years.
Mr. Tan Thai Yong, Managing Director of PaxOcean and Chairman of the CSA Council, said, “Innovation through ship electrification is one of the important ways to decarbonize the coastal maritime industry. To succeed, a strong public-private partnership approach is needed to build infrastructure, capabilities, technologies and services, through a diverse talent pool. With the launch of the Coastal Sustainability Alliance today, we will create Singapore’s next-generation coastal ecosystem and contribute to sustainability, resilience and the industry’s transition to a circular economy.
Our Alliance is committed to making this a reality, and we encourage new industry collaborations to evolve the coastal ecosystem. We invite more partners to join us on this journey. »
Ms. Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), said: “The MPA congratulates all members of the Coastal Sustainability Alliance. We look forward to working closely with the Alliance to develop a sustainable maritime sector, in particular by developing common standards for charging infrastructure and electric port boats and supporting the development of green financing mechanisms and solutions for the green harbor boats.
The multi-stakeholder effort is centered on five strategic areas:
1. Reduce carbon emissions by up to 50% with the PXO series of vessels – CSA will adopt a suite of 10 innovative technologies engineered into the vessels, such as wireless charging, advanced manufacturing and coastal twinning, and others are in preparation. With a complete redesign of a series of conceptual, all-electric PXO vessels and floating platforms, the PXO vessels will demonstrate improved performance in terms of fuel efficiency and operating range, while reducing emissions.
2. Reduce e-waste and create a comprehensive e-charging infrastructure network – CSA aims to reduce e-battery waste by recycling electric vehicle (EV) batteries into modular battery packs optimized to serve as charging systems. energy storage (ESS) for marine use. . Meanwhile, a comprehensive network of shore-based and mobile electronic charging points along Singapore’s coastline will enable interoperable shore-to-ship and ship-to-ship charging of PXO vessels and platforms.
Collectively, this will be Singapore’s first comprehensive and tailored approach to decarbonizing the logistics supply chain of overhauling ships, infrastructure and maritime services in promoting cleaner and more efficient port craft. It also supports the industry’s transition to a circular economy with reduced resource use and the sustainability of ships with environmentally friendly energy sources, such as solar and tidal power.
3. Reduce maritime traffic by 20% through logistics and fleet optimization solutions – Using the PXO range of vessels and mobile coastal platforms, the Alliance aims to reduce Singapore’s coastal maritime traffic and to improve safety. Congestion relief will be achieved through fleet optimization and renewal, mobile floating platforms at selected locations in the coastal waters off Singapore, and sea and air drones for deliveries of the last kilometer to improve operational range and reduce downtime.
4. Foster a sustainable green supply chain and maritime business ecosystem by supporting the growth of SMEs and start-ups – By mobilizing the strengths of each Alliance member, ASC intends to co-create opportunities of innovation and viable business with local SMEs and start-ups. ups to build a supply chain of sustainable logistical and technical innovations, infrastructure and charging capacity. This should strengthen the competitiveness of SMEs and elevate the entire maritime industry value chain.
5. Talent Attraction and Workforce Upgrading – A pool of future-ready talent is key to maintaining Singapore as a leading global maritime hub. CSA plans to create new jobs, career development opportunities, skills and retraining to increase the competitiveness of our Alliance members. The ASC will also work with educational institutions to seek joint opportunities for young talent.
Creating future E-Vessels: PXO Concept Vessel
The first phase of CSA’s efforts is to design and deploy 10 PXO vessels suitable for Singapore’s coastal ecosystem by 2025.
To kick off the design of the PXO, Master Research Collaboration Agreements (RCAs) were formalized today between KSL Maritime Group and A*STAR along with TCOMS to co-innovate, design and build a custom all-electric vessel for the Singapore maritime coastal ecosystem. The redesigned vessel is expected to reduce carbon emissions by 50%, reduce energy consumption and extend operating range.
Using artificial intelligence (AI), a digital twin of the ship will undergo operational simulations to achieve energy savings for various port craft. Additionally, integration with TCOMS Digital Twin of Singapore Port Waters will support predictive optimization of maritime traffic, port fleets and logistics flows and develop remotely managed vessels and drones in the coastal ecosystem.
The PXO concept overhaul is set to be revealed later this year, with plans to expand the ecosystem internationally from 2027.
Committed to decarbonizing the maritime industry
KSL’s Engineering R&D Center of Excellence anchors CSA initiatives, providing a comprehensive platform for systematic fleet optimization, logistics optimization and decarbonization through electrification.
This is in line with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)’s strategic objective to promote the decarbonisation of domestic port craft and to have Singapore recognized as an international center for maritime R&D. CSA’s innovations and services are also aligned with Singapore’s green energy goals set out in the Singapore Green Plan 2030.