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An artist's impression of an electric ferry. MPA has set the target for harbour craft and pleasure craft sectors to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, in line with the national climate ambition. PHOTO: KEPPEL FELS
FROM 2030, all new harbour craft will have to be fully electric, be capable of using pure biodiesel (B100), or be compatible with net-zero fuels such as hydrogen.
The directive came as the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has set the target for harbour craft and pleasure craft sectors to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, in line with the national climate ambition.
Announcing this at his ministry’s Committee of Supply debate on Friday (Mar 3), Minister for Transport S Iswaran said that MPA will partner industry, financial institutions, harbour-craft operators and manufacturers to lower the cost of adoption and mobilise support for early adopters.
A call for proposals will go out in the second quarter for the design and development, demand aggregation and green financing for new electric harbour craft, he noted.
Currently, about 1,600 harbour craft ply Singapore waters. Many of these are smaller vessels servicing the larger vessels parked in Singapore waters.
As for the pleasure craft sector and domestic tug boats, Iswaran noted that MPA is studying the timelines for the transition, given their different power requirements, and will provide an update next year.