BMT, hybrid-electric ship of the Penguin commission
SOUTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM – BMT says it has successfully commissioned its latest hybrid vessel for the Maritime and Ports Authority of Singapore (MPA).
Developed in conjunction with Penguin Shipyard International, the advanced hybrid-electric aluminum catamaran, dubbed AMP Guardian, is a 35m patrol vessel designed to conduct patrol, search and rescue, oil spill response, drone operations and rescue support. It will also serve as the government’s testbed for new technology and equipment.
Accommodating up to 24 personnel, BMT says the ship will be deployed in a command and control role during multi-ship operations and as a first responder in a wide variety of missions.
BMT claims that the ship’s propulsion system is an advanced hybrid-electric system based on a combination of electric and diesel mechanical propulsion. To best fulfill its operating duty, the ship can operate in different modes. In 100% electric and zero emission mode, AMP Guardian can cruise silently at six knots for up to three hours.
The vessel can also operate in diesel-electric mode to achieve continuous operation at medium speed. In this mode, power is drawn from one of the two main motors to propel the two shafts while recharging the batteries. This mode offers a significant benefit in terms of reduced emissions and reduced engine wear.
In its conventional diesel mechanical mode, AMP Guardian can run at a top speed of nearly 27 knots. In this mode, the electrical generation capability offered by the hybrid system also eliminates the need for on-board diesel generators.
BMT claims that these features, combined with a highly efficient hull form optimized for minimal resistance throughout the entire operating speed range, result in a low-emission, future-proof vessel that will help reduce the footprint. carbon from the Port of Singapore.