Marine battery system developed in Singapore receives approval from Bureau Veritas


Sea Forrest (SF), a provider of specialist marine electric propulsion and energy management solutions, has been awarded type approval from Bureau Veritas (BV), a world leader in testing, inspection, and certification, for its SEAGEN 11 modularised marine propulsion battery module system.

SEAGEN 11 is the first marinised lithium-ion battery system for marine propulsion to be designed, built, and assembled in Singapore. Together with the battery management system, which was also designed, built and programmed in Singapore in collaboration with GenPlus Pte Ltd, the modularised system allows flexibility of installation onboard different marine platforms, confined spaces, and ease of stringing up battery modules to meet various battery voltage requirements.

The type approval from BV confirms that SEAGEN 11 meets the IMO guidelines, which will facilitate its implementation onboard vessels by streamlining the Flag State approvals required for lithium-ion energy storage solutions. This will also support efforts to accelerate the adoption of electric propulsion as part of the broader decarbonisation efforts in the maritime sector, while also enhancing safety at sea.

Bureau Veritas and Sea Forrest are committed to continued collaboration beyond this type approval, exploring the development of high-performance batteries and advanced battery management systems. In addition, the two companies will work together on updating classification rules and standards to ensure relevance and easy application in the rapidly evolving landscape of marine batteries and propulsion technology. This ongoing partnership underscores their joint commitment to driving innovation and advancing the environmental, safety and operational performance of marine batteries.

George Lee, CEO of Sea Forrest, said: “Sea Forrest believes that achieving net-zero in the maritime sector is paramount and inevitable. Aligned with IMO’s 2030 and 2050 strategies in charting a course toward a sustainable future, the type-approval from Bureau Veritas for our SEAGEN 11 marinized battery marks a significant milestone for our sustainability efforts in the maritime industry. This certification affirms the viability of our technology as a solution for lowering emissions on both new and existing ships. We hope that this innovation will propel the industry forward towards mass adoption to reduce the maritime carbon footprint.”

David Barrow, Vice President, South Asia at Bureau Veritas, said: “Electric propulsion systems are a clear pathway to decarbonisation, particularly for short-range and return to base marine operations. Ensuring the safety of battery systems is vital. So, it is with pleasure that we have awarded type approval to Sea Forrest following our rigorous assessment process. It is also great to see future solutions being developed and manufactured in Singapore and we congratulate Sea Forrest on the successful development of this system. We look forward to seeing the technology on BV-classed vessels in the future, reducing greenhouse gas emissions while maximising performance!”