Harbour Craft Electrification (2020)

Thematic Calls

MPA and SMI Joint Call for Proposals 2020 on Harbour Craft Electrification


MPA and SMI are issuing a joint Call-for-Proposals (CFP) with a total co-funding of S$9 million ($4 million under Maritime Decarbonisation R&D Programme and $5 million under Green Energy and Technology Programme) to support up to 3 consortiums for the next 5 years focusing on Electrification of Harbour Craft.

The CFP aims to:

  1. Develop, deploy and commercialise technologies and solutions to support local harbour craft industry in reducing their GHG emissions, in line with Singapore domestic emission NDC;
  2. Encourage Industry Consortiums approach through Joint Industry Projects (JIPs) under the consortiums which consist of maritime industry players, publicly funded Institute of Higher Learning (IHLs) and Research Institutions (RIs); and
  3. Facilitate cross-sharing of domain expertise and know-how to enable the maritime industry in meeting IMO 2030 and 2050 emissions reduction targets and the local harbour craft industry in meeting Singapore’s 2030 enhanced NDC target.

CFP Focus Area, Expected Outcomes

The expected outcomes for the CFP are as follows:

Focus Area for CFP
Expected Outcomes
Challenge Areas
Electrification of Harbour Craft







Shore Charging Infrastructure for Electric Harbour Craft
  • Develop/adapt and pilot trial technologies for Charging Infrastructure with international standards, if any
  • Identify list of standards required and gaps needed to be addressed in order to support the proliferation of common or interoperable charging infrastructure in the Port of Singapore with commercialisation potential in overseas market
  • Develop new planning and optimisation tools for optimal charging capacity, charging schedule for optimal vessel operations
  • Lack of common charging infrastructure to test bed different solutions 

Full Electric Harbour Craft & Shipboard Systems
  • Develop the full electric harbour craft and demonstrate its operations with equivalent or better operational performance envelops using similar conventional harbour craft as a benchmark
  • Develop new energy management systems (EMS) to ensure optimal and safe operations of electric harbour craft 
  • Develop new design/optimisation tools to simulate and optimise electric harbour craft design and integration and to identify other cost reduction opportunities
  • High cost of adoption of full electric harbour craft. Limited capability in rapidly assessing different propulsion configurations and operating profiles to optimise Total Cost of Ownership and realistic emissions reductions

Interoperability of Charging Infrastructure and Electric Vessels
  • Demonstrate the interoperability and compatibility between the charging infrastructure and the full electric harbour craft developed by the different consortium JIPs
  • Lack of interoperability will result in low asset utilisation thus reducing cost recovery from sale of energy vector or other services.

Commercial Viability and Business Model
  • Demonstrate a commercially-ready electric harbour craft based on CAPEX and OPEX with a viable business model for scalability

  • Traditional business models may not take into consideration the Total Cost of Ownership as a measure of commercial viability


Call for Collaborations
We would like to invite interested companies to submit joint proposals as the Lead Applicants with like-minded industry players and Institutes of Higher Learning/ Research Institutes (IHL/RIs). Click here for details of the CFP.

Key Timelines
Application Start: 21 September 2020
Whitepaper Submission Deadline: Extended till 9 November 2020, 6pm Singapore Time
Full proposal Submission Deadline: 31 December 2020
Expected Project approval: 1Q2021

Further Clarifications
  1. For industry applicants under Green Energy and Technology Programme, please contact Lau Wei Jie (MPA), Lau_Wei_Jie@mpa.gov.sg.
  1. For IHLs/RIs applicants under Maritime Decarbonisation R&D Programme, please contact Yang Yang (SMI), yangyang@maritimeinstitute.sg.