COASTAL SUSTAINABILITY ALLIANCE ADVANCES IN EFFORTS TO BUILD A NEXT-GENERATION COASTAL LOGISTICS ECOSYSTEM WITH 11 NEW MEMBERS SUPPORTING ELECTRIFICATION, DIGITALISATION AND DECARBONISATION GOALS
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:
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.
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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.
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.
For more information, visit www.paxocean.com.
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ANNEX 1: Coastal Sustainability Alliance – Quote Sheet of 2022 and 2023 Partners
|2022 CSA Partners
|Key Contribution Area
|Spokesperson / Designation
|Refer to the press release.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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
|Key Contribution Area
|Spokesperson / Designation
|Own and operate PXO electric supply boats and provide industry insights on the development of PXO series of new electric harbour crafts.
|Desmond Chong, Managing Director
|Ken 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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Ali Gara, CEO
|MagicPort 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.
|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.
|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.
|Singapore Institute of Technology
|Facilitate 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.