on 10 Mar 2022
The ten-day stopover at ONE°15 Marina will highlight zero-emissions technology for boating
The boat will be moored opposite the marina’s Exhibition Village. The ship, which is traversing the Pacific Ocean on renewable energy only, will be accompanied by its village educational exhibition to raise public awareness about transitioning to a low carbon economy. Energy Observer was designed and launched in 2017 from France to help engineers and maritime services companies test their zero-emissions technology on an ocean-going vessel. Since then, the vessel has travelled over 40,000 nautical miles.
In 2021, Energy Observer entered the Pacific Ocean for the first time via the Panama Canal. The vessel then crossed to Hawaii and then to Indonesia before arriving in Singapore.
Singapore is a key player in the global maritime transport and energy businesses. There are over 5,000 maritime organisations in the Singapore ecosystem and the maritime industry employs over 160,000 people on the island, according to the Energy Observer Foundation. Marc Abensour, the ambassador of France to Singapore, noted that Energy Observer had chosen Singapore for its only full stopover in Asia. “This vessel perfectly illustrates the strong will of France and Singapore to collaborate in-depth in all areas related to the maritime sector in order to develop a greener and more innovative maritime industry.”
Quah Ley Hoon, Director General of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) added: “This is the first time Singapore has hosted a hydrogen-powered, zero-emissions vessel. It speaks to our aspiration, as a global port hub, to host more low- and zero-carbon vessels.”
The strategies and technologies to neutralise our greenhouse gas emissions are now very clear and mature enough – Victorien Erussard
In April 2021, France and Singapore signed an MOU to develop synergies in maritime digital innovation, digitalization and sustainability through industrial and institutional partnerships. Though the Energy Observer uses systems and technologies from a range of international companies, the project is headquartered in France and founded by French competitive sailor Victorien Erussard.
“The strategies and technologies to neutralise our greenhouse gas emissions are now very clear and mature enough. We must accept this change,” said Erussard. “As an eco-friendly and sustainable marina, we are honored to welcome Energy Observer to Singapore and support their cause. We look forward to sharing and gathering ideas on sustainability during their stay at ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove,” said Jonathan Sit, general manager of ONE°15 Marina.
Sentosa Development Corporation is leading the effort to make the island carbon neutral by 2030. In February, Energy Observer announced the creation of Energy Observer 2, a new cargo ship to be powered by liquid hydrogen.
In a press statement released on March 10, Energy Observer noted that the Singaporean government intends to boost the use of hydrogen as a clean maritime transport fuel.