Coastal Sustainability Alliance Welcomes 11 New Members to Support Electrification, Digitalisation and Decarbonisation



  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with new Alliance members formalised at Singapore Maritime Week 2023’s MarineTech Conference
  • Future-ready PXO e-vessels are among the first and largest electric boats to be ordered globally
  • Innovations with marine waste upcycling, 2nd generation biofuels, autonomous solutions, electrification infrastructure using AI, IoT, digital twinning

The Coastal Sustainability Alliance (CSA), an industry collaborative effort led by Kuok Maritime, has formalised the addition of 11 new members today at Singapore Maritime Week 2023’s MarineTech Conference, graced by Guest of Honour Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Finance & Ministry of Transport. The contributions from the new members will accelerate CSA’s efforts to electrify, digitalise and decarbonise Singapore’s coastal vessels, strengthen marine supply chains and build Singapore’s next-generation maritime ecosystem.

The new CSA members include Ampotech, Columbia Ship Management Singapore, Green COP, Ken Energy, RMS Marine & Offshore Service, M1, MagicPort, Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), Sinwa Singapore, ST Engineering, and Swift Total Logistics. This brings the CSA to 18 members since its formation in March 2022.

Collectively, CSA’s strategies actively contribute to the goals set out by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The Alliance is also working closely with the MPA to comply with regulatory requirements and infrastructure standards to ensure compatibility and support a collaborative maritime culture and ecosystem.

Mr Tan Thai Yong, Chief Executive Officer, PaxOcean and Chairperson, CSA Council, said:
“We are excited to mark the Coastal Sustainability Alliance’s first anniversary with the addition of 11 new members and to advance our efforts to electrify and build Singapore’s next-generation coastal ecosystem conclusively. In this one year, we have reached a significant milestone in the commercialisation of our PXO electric supply vessel, which will be the first and largest local design-build-and-deployed boats to be in operation in Singapore. Such achievements are only possible through the united efforts of our current and new CSA members and with the strong support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Enterprise Singapore, and Workforce Singapore.”

Mr Teo Eng Dih, Chief Executive, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, said: “Maritime decarbonisation requires the collective efforts of the entire value chain. It is heartening to know that 11 new members have joined the Coastal Sustainability Alliance on the journey to achieve net-zero emissions for the sector by 2050. We will continue to work with like-minded partners such as the Coastal Sustainability Alliance on the design and development of green solutions for the domestic maritime craft sector.”

The new alliance members will help the CSA accelerate its multi-stakeholder efforts across its five strategic areas:

  1. PXO e-tug and e-supply vessel design, build and deployment – The electric tug (e-tug) and electric supply (e-supply) vessels are the first in CSA’s PXO series of electric boats and floating platforms designed for the coastal waters of Singapore. The zero-emissions e-supply and e-tug are among the world’s first electric coastal vessels and one of the first and largest local electric supply boats designed for operation in Singapore’s coastal waters. In addition, the Singapore-designed PXO e-vessels adopt several innovative technologies, such as wireless charging, advanced manufacturing, and coastal twinning.

    The PXO vessels will also be future-ready for alternative fuels with a Zero Carbon Fuel Ready configuration, which will prevent stranded assets due to advances in technology. Commercialisation of the PXO vessels is underway with the recent announcement that CSA has secured from Ken Energy an intent to purchase PXO e-supply vessels to tap into new growth opportunities. The e-supply vessels are expected to be delivered by 2025.
  1. Promoting sustainable resource management through e-waste reduction, upcycling and alternative biofuels – In partnership with Green COP, the CSA is developing and commercialising sustainable second-generation biofuels as a transition fuel for conventional harbour crafts to cut emissions. This effort forms a part of CSA’s approach towards vessel electrification and sustainability, further complemented by the upcycling of EV batteries into battery packs for marine use, effectively reducing e-waste.
  1. Reduce marine traffic by 20% through logistics and fleet optimisation solutions – A select group of CSA members – Jurong Port, ST Engineering, M1, MagicPort, Ampotech and PaxOcean, are co-developing a coastal logistics operation platform which will seamlessly integrate logistics, fleet operations, battery performance management and just-in-time operations to meet the needs of vessels, terminals and service providers. Through this platform, the CSA aims to reduce Singapore’s coastal marine traffic by 20% and improve safety. It will achieve this through fleet optimisation and renewal, mobile floating platforms in selected locations in coastal waters off Singapore, sea and aerial drones, and autonomous vessels for last-mile deliveries to improve operational range and reduce downtime.
  1. Support the growth of SMEs and start-ups through a sustainable green supply chain and maritime business ecosystem – The growing number of SMEs and start-ups in the CSA attests to its ambition to create a sustainable maritime supply chain, provide business opportunities to strengthen the competitiveness of SMEs and uplift the entire value chain of the marine industry. The CSA expects 70% of PXO vessel components to be sourced from local SMEs.
  1. Talent attraction and workforce upgrading – Grooming a future-ready talent pool is critical to Singapore’s position as a global maritime centre. With the Singapore Institute of Technology as a new member, the CSA will accelerate its efforts in talent development and workforce upgrading programmes for sea and shore staff in areas such as autonomous capabilities and coastal logistics optimisation. In addition, the CSA will facilitate skills-building programmes for technical staff in product development activities, technology transfers, and alternative fuels.

CSA’s Multi-Stakeholder Approach to Decarbonising the Maritime Industry

The new 11 members will join CSA pioneers A*STAR, GenPlus, Jurong Port, Sea Forrest Power Solutions, Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine Singapore (TCOMS) and TES. The CSA is expected to invest over S$20 million into various sustainability efforts over the next ten years with the aim of a 50% reduction in vessel carbon emissions and 20% in marine traffic by 2030.

The CSA was launched in March 2022 by Kuok Maritime, comprising PaxOcean Holdings Pte Ltd, Pacific Carriers Limited (PCL) and POSH (PACC Offshore Services Holdings). KSL’s Centre of Excellence Engineering R&D anchors the CSA initiatives, providing a comprehensive platform for the CSA to build the next-generation of Singapore’s maritime ecosystem and accelerate the decarbonisation, electrification and advancement in energy-efficient logistics and engineering solutions.

Looking into its second year, Mr Tan added, “With our multi-stakeholder approach, the CSA remains at the forefront of Singapore’s decarbonisation efforts in the maritime sector. Our coherent and systematic strategy provides our members with the assurance of a strong and progressive pathway which meets both business and environmental demands. We welcome interested parties to join us on this journey to create a more sustainable maritime industry.

The new members of the Coastal Sustainability Alliance (CSA) display their MOU certificates at the MarineTech Conference at Singapore Maritime Week 2023.
Front Row (Left to right): Assoc Prof Susanna Leong, Vice President (Applied Research), Singapore Institute of Technology; Mr Low Jin Phang, President, ST Engineering Digital System; Mr Tan Thai Yong, CEO, PaxOcean and Chairperson, CSA Council; Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Finance & Ministry of Transport; Mr Desmond Chong, Managing Director, Ken Energy; Mr Mark O’Neil, President & CEO, Columbia Shipmanagement (Singapore); Mr Gabriel Hong, Managing Director, RMS Marine & Offshore Service (Singapore). Second Row (Left to right): Mr Lee Song Han, Hanson, CEO, Green COP; Mr Mark Tan, Chief Enterprise Strategy & Business Officer, M1; Mr Soren Jorgensen, Group CEO, Sinwa (Singapore); Mr Simon Haw, Director, Swift Total Logistics; Sonny Tyan Tza Wei, Company representative, MagicPort; Mr William Temple, CEO, Ampotech. 
Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

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About Kuok (Singapore) Limited and Kuok Maritime

Kuok (Singapore) Limited (KSL) is an investment holding company with interests in maritime activities, agrisolutions, property and equity investments in various listed companies. KSL was founded in 1948 and has since grown into a Group with a multi-billion asset base. KSL shares a common heritage with two other

holding companies, namely Kerry Holdings Limited in Hong Kong and Kuok Brothers in Malaysia, in that they were all founded by the Kuok family. The subsidiaries under KSL include but not limited to PACC Offshore Services Holdings (POSH), Pacific Carriers Limited (PCL), PaxOcean Group, AllGreen Properties, Agrifert Group and K2 Data Centres. The Group will continue to build on its legacy and bring entrepreneurial spirit, heart and ambition to businesses in Asia as it innovates for the future.

Kuok Maritime group of companies of PaxOcean Group (PaxOcean), Pacific Carriers Limited (PCL), PACC Offshore Services Holdings (POSH), Pacific Workboats Pte Ltd (PWPL) and KSL Maritime Ventures (KMV) serves the maritime value chain from provision of offshore maritime and subsea support services, shipping and transportation, newbuilding to supporting start-ups offering technological and innovative solutions to the industry. The group is also a leader in the Coastal Sustainability Alliance in Singapore, working with like-minded industry partners to build a sustainable next-generation maritime ecosystem, accelerating decarbonisation efforts through vessel electrification, advancements in engineering solutions and coastal logistics optimisation. With a clear focus on maintaining the highest safety standards and anchored in bringing leading-edge, innovative services and solutions to the industry, Kuok Maritime Group is committed to creating a sustainable environment for the entire maritime value chain.

About PaxOcean
A subsidiary of Kuok Singapore Limited, PaxOcean owns and operates five shipyards located in Singapore, China and Indonesia. First established in 2007 in Singapore, PaxOcean offers a wide range of services covering newbuilding, module fabrication, green recycling, repairs and conversion of conventional and renewable energy assets.
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ANNEX 1: Coastal Sustainability Alliance – Quote Sheet of 2022 and 2023 Partners

2022 CSA Partners
No. Partner Key Contribution Area Spokesperson / Designation Quote
1. PaxOcean EngineeringRefer to the press release.
2. Jurong Port Lead ship chandelling operations to optimise fleet solutions and consolidate marine supply chain initiatives with SMEs. Terence Seow, CEO Jurong Port plays a critical role in helping our lighterage industry to achieve an efficient and sustainable logistic supply chain within Singapore’s maritime anchorage space. This will be enabled through business transformation, adoption of digital and green technologies.
3. Sea Forrest Power Solutions Lead development and commercialisations of wireless charging and electrification technologies. George Lee, CEO Sea Forrest leads in the development of efficient and interoperable marine electrification and charging solutions. We are committed to the CSA efforts in growing the ecosystem to accelerate the industry’s adoption of decarbonisation solutions.
4. TES-AMM (Singapore) Lead development and commercialisations to repurpose and optimises EV batteries for marine use. Alan Sim, Deputy General Manager Our mission to make a decade of difference and move the needle on sustainability and climate change are why we choose to be a part of the Coastal Sustainability Alliance. As a global leader in technology lifecycle services, we will help the maritime industry transition to a circular economy by repurposing electric vehicle batteries and optimising for marine use.
5. Genplus Lead development and commercialisations of energy storage and battery management systems. Lim Ming Chiat, Managing Director Our partnership with CSA has been crucial to our success and we remain dedicated to collaborating with the alliance to create sustainable technologies and solutions that meet the needs of both hybrid and electric vessels. We are committed to contributing to the creation of a sustainable ecosystem, and our ongoing work with CSA underscores this commitment.
6. A*STAR Co-creation of concepts and development of smart technologies, involving smart manufacturing, artificial intelligence, big data-driven simulation and optimisations, and smart systems, to enhance the performance and safety of electric vessels. Prof Lim Keng Hui, Assistant Chief Executive, Science and Engineering Research Council A*STAR seeks to leverage the wide spectrum of public research capabilities and technologies within Singapore’s Research, Innovation and Enterprise ecosystem to support the Coastal Sustainability Alliance and enable the industry to electrify, digitalise and decarbonise Singapore’s harbour craft. These include capabilities in artificial intelligence such as fleet optimisations, green technologies including battery development, and digitalisation. We are glad that the industry participation in CSA is growing and we look forward to partnering the new CSA members to help them in this transformation journey.
7. Technology Centre for Offshore & Marine, Singapore (TCOMS) Co-creation of concepts and development of technologies, involving the use of modelling & simulation, digital twinning of vessels and the port waters environment, to enhance the performance and safety of electric vessels. Prof Chan Eng Soon, CEO TCOMS, as the national R&D centre dedicated to the maritime and other ocean sectors, partners the industry in co-developing future systems and concepts of operations, such as the CSA next-generation coastal logistics ecosystem enabled by fully electric vessels. Through its capabilities in twinning complex operating scenarios, including vessel motions and the state of the metocean environment that the vessels operate in, TCOMS seeks to enable CSA to enhance the performance of the vessels, in driving towards productivity and sustainability.
2023 New CSA Partners
No. Partner Key Contribution Area Spokesperson / Designation Quote
1. Ken EnergyOwn and operate PXO electric supply boats and provide industry insights on the development of PXO series of new electric harbour crafts.Desmond Chong, Managing DirectorKen Energy is a renewables and sustainable energy firm looking into supporting the objectives of the Coastal Sustainability Alliance with the interest of owning and operating electric supply boats. By potentially adopting new technologies logistically and operationally, we look forward to contributing towards a more efficient and optimised marine supply chain.
2. Swift Total Logistics Provide industry insights towards the development of the PXO series of new electric harbour crafts. Simon Haw, Director

Swift Total Logistics is committed to working with like-minded stakeholders to promote sustainability in the logistics industry. We recognise that achieving sustainability requires collaboration and partnership with customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders.

CSA provides the most comprehensive solutions to develop and implement sustainable logistic solutions that reduce environmental impact. In line with MPA’s Decarbonisation Blueprint, Swift Total Logistics is committed to reducing our carbon footprint and promoting sustainability.

3. Columbia Ship Management (SG) Adopt usage of PXO series of new electric harbour crafts within the Coastal Logistics Ecosystem. Mark O’Neil, CEO

The Columbia Group is excited and committed to joining forces with this alliance of maritime stakeholders in developing the next generation of coastal logistic ecosystems. We are convinced that jointly we can positively impact the maritime environment, its employees and society.

By joining the CSA alliance, we want to join forces to contribute to the transition towards greener and sustainable port operations, committing to fully use those innovative electric harbour boats. We hope our active participation and joint efforts will inspire others in the shipping industry to follow our sustainable way of doing business.

4. RMS Marine & Offshore Services Co-design and adopt usage of PXO series of new electric crafts within the Coastal Logistics Ecosystem. Gabriel Hong, Managing Director As an industry leader in marine services, it gives us great pride to join this forward-thinking alliance - an alliance amongst the first across the supply chain of our maritime industry. Our expertise in the last mile logistics and eventual adoption will validate and bring a game-changer transformation in allowing Singapore to continue to be ahead as an efficient and green first-class maritime hub.
5. Sinwa (Singapore) Co-design and adopt the usage of PXO series of new electric crafts within the Coastal Logistics Ecosystem. Soren Jorgensen, Group CEO

Sinwa Global is a leading marine, offshore supply, and logistics provider in the Asia Pacific region that is committed to sustainability. We aim to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, reduce waste, promote a circular economy, and source sustainably.

Our company's commitment to sustainability extends beyond its operations and supply chain; it is also committed to community development and supporting social responsibility.

By joining the Alliance, Sinwa Global can work with other stakeholders in the industry to achieve sustainability goals and improve our environmental performance through the adoption of the new electric harbour crafts.

6. Ampotech
  1. Develop and deploy IoT and AI-driven solutions to optimise electrification infrastructure with options for Digital Twin integrations.
  2. Develop and deploy vessel energy management solutions to optimise energy consumption on board PXO electric harbour crafts integrating key systems such as the battery management system, on-board data recorder and Digital Twin platforms.
William Temple, CEO and co-founder Ampotech looks forward to contributing its expertise in internet of things solutions and energy management to the Coastal Sustainability Alliance. We look forward to working with CSA partners to electrify and accelerate sustainability in the maritime sector.
7. Green COP
  1. Lead development and commercialisations of sustainable 2nd generation biofuels as part of Coastal Logistics Ecosystem's transition plans.
  2. Develop novel processes to generate 2nd generation biofuels as a transition fuel for conventional harbour craft.
Hanson Lee, Co-Founder and CEO Our commitment to developing sustainable 2nd generation biofuels reflects our dedication to driving a smoother transition towards sustainable energy. We are excited to join the CSA in its efforts to create a more sustainable coastal logistics ecosystem and look forward to working together to achieve our shared goals.
  1. Develop and deploy a coastal logistics platform for stakeholders to optimise and decarbonise the coastal supply chain globally.
  2. Develop and deploy an optimised vessel scheduling and fleet deployment algorithms to improve PXO electric harbour craft utilisations.
Ali Gara, CEOMagicPort is building a seamless collaboration platform for the port ecosystem to improve visibility and operations for all stakeholders. We are excited to partner with like-minded players in CSA to enable smart and sustainable shipping.
9.ST Engineering
  1. Lead development and commercialisation of automated flotsam collection solutions in coastal waters through the deployment of autonomous navigation and collision detection/avoidance technologies. Co-development of circular economy (recycling/upcycling) with respect to marine waste (flotsam).
  2. Support Alliance members to design, develop and deploy new PXO series of new electric harbour craft with autonomous capabilities solutions. Facilitate technology and capabilities building with solutions in autonomous berthing for future wireless charging concepts.
  3. Facilitate technology and capabilities building with ST Engineering’s Integrated MRO Analytic Center (IMAC) to strengthen and forecast coastal supply chain demands.
Low Jin Phang, President of Digital Systems

As a member of the Coastal Sustainability Alliance, we are committed to actively support the efforts to build a next-generation coastal logistics ecosystem.

One such area is leveraging our autonomous navigation, collision detection and avoidance technologies for the development of the new PXO series of electric harbour craft and other autonomous platforms, as well as facilitating the build-up of technology and capabilities for the Coastal Logistics Operation Platform to enhance fleet optimisations and operational efficiency.

Our support also extends to providing accredited training services and simulator systems for the wider maritime industry to shape the workforce of tomorrow.

  1. Lead alliance to develop and commercialise Coastal Logistics Integrated Platform as a service.
  2. Lead development and commercialisation of Coastal Vessels IoT Platform.
Mark Tan, Chief Enterprise Strategy and Business Officer

M1 is excited to be joining the Coastal Sustainability Alliance, and driving technological advancements in coastal vessel logistics and IoT applications. M1's 5G standalone network unlocks new use cases and applications and is an important step in the maritime industry's digital transformation efforts.

As a leading digital telco in Singapore, M1’s strong technological capabilities and innovation is helping to resolve long-standing challenges and shape the next-generation maritime ecosystem while improving overall port efficiency and maritime operations.

11.Singapore Institute of TechnologyFacilitate talent development through technologies transfers and workforce training for the maritime sector.Associate Professor Susanna Leong, Vice President (Applied Research)

We are pleased to become a member of the CSA to support capability building in the local maritime industry and leverage new technologies and innovation to drive transformational change in Singapore’s maritime sector.

This collaboration will tap on SIT’s strengths in applied research to co-create new concepts and technology solutions for next generation coastal logistics ecosystem. SIT will support the development of an open simulation platform for the energy efficiency improvement of PXO series design and the development and design of microgrid and smart charging for the charging infrastructure.

On the human capital aspect, SIT will help to build a pipeline of talent to support the future growth of Singapore’s maritime ecosystem.

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