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First hybrid-electric patrol boat for Singapore

“MPA Guardian”, Singapore’s first hybrid-electric patrol boat has been delivered to and is now in operation with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.

The patrol and emergency response craft was designed by Southampton-based BMT, built by Singapore-based Penguin Shipyard International (Penguin) and comes with power and control systems supplied by Praxis as part of the latter’s new electric propulsion product line.

MPA Guardian is a 34.5m multi-role command boat, with bespoke surveillance, search-and-rescue and firefighting capabilities. She is designed for patrolling duties within the port of Singapore and for quick response to marine incidents outside the port.

The vessel and her unique features were jointly developed by Penguin, BMT and Praxis, in collaboration with Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency and MPA.

The automation systems on-board, include the dynamic positioning system, vessel management system, propulsion control system, energy management system, power management system and fire alarm system.

In full-electric, zero-emission mode, MPA Guardian can cruise stealthily at 6 knots for up to three hours. The vessel can also operate in a diesel-electric mode to achieve continuous medium speed operation at between 6 knots and 10 knots. In this mode, power is drawn from one of the two main engines to propel both shafts while recharging the batteries. This mode offers a significant advantage by way of emissions reduction and reduced wear-and-tear on the engines. In her conventional diesel mode, MPA Guardian can run at a top speed of close to 27 knots.

With accommodation for up to 24 survivors and a state-of-the-art wheelhouse designed specifically to suit MPA’s operational requirements, the vessel will be deployed in a command-and-control role during multi-vessel operations, and as first responder in a wide variety of missions.

Exhibitor; BMT
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