EPS and Yinson GreenTech complete Singapore’s first fully electric cargo delivery

Singapore’s shipping player Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) and compatriot green technology company Yinson GreenTech (YGT) have completed the first cargo and crew deliveries made with a fully electric vessel in Singapore.

Courtesy of Yinson Green Tech (Archive)

This milestone took place on June 25 when Singapore’s first fully electric cargo vessel Hydromover completed the delivery to EPS’ Pacific Sentinel.

Launched in November 2023, Hydromover is a lightweight, 18.5-meter vessel equipped with swappable batteries, allowing it to transport up to 25 tonnes of cargo. Being all-electric, the ship has zero emissions and targets to achieve up to 50% operational cost savings due to improved energy efficiency and lower maintenance costs.

This electric cargo delivery is said to signify the culmination of extensive planning and collaboration between YGT and EPS and pave the way for the wider adoption of electric vessels.

To remind, the two companies recently formed a partnership to to work on electric vessel deployments in Singapore. This collaboration, spearheaded by YGT’s marine electrification business, marinEV, aims to further integrate electric vessels into last-mile delivery operations, significantly reducing Scope 3 emissions and contributing to a cleaner shipping industry.

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