2GO Goes Green - Optimus Solar Energy Philippines

Author: Darvin Tocmo  Date Posted:9 December 2016 

The Philippines biggest operator for domestic ferries, 2GO Group, is now planning to use solar power across its whole fleet.

The Manila-headquartered group operates eight fast ferries , as well as 13 ropax vessels.

Two new 30m catamarans are currently being built by the shipyard Austal that will join the SuperCat brand. Delivery is scheduled for June 2017. 2GO head of ship management Eduardo Dela Cruz, told PST that the aim was to order another fast ferry next year.

While the current new catamarans that are being built will run on diesel fuel; Mr Dela Cruz said the next fast ferry order “would probably be hybrid”.

He also stated that “in the near future LNG will be readily available in the market, it is safer and environmentally friendly and although it requires a different way of managing the ventilation system and fuel system of a vessel, it gives a lot of benefits. It is also cheaper [than diesel fuel]. It would be a good business if we use hybrid engines, even though they are a little more complex than conventional engines. We have asked for a quote for hybrid engines.”

“We need to do more studies on this, and check operating costs and crew costs, as the crew costs will be higher as the training is different and requires more skill,” he added.

The company is planning to roll-out a solar panel programme across all of its vessels, starting with a pilot on one ferry and one container ship. “Solar technology has become cheaper, it has matured and is being used in more marine applications, so we have been having discussions with solar panel companies in Korea,” said Mr Dela Cruz.

2GO Goes Green The Philippines biggest operator for domestic ferries, 2GO Group, is now planning to use solar power across its whole fleet. The Manila-headquartered group operates eight fast ferries , as well as 13 ropax vessels. Two new 30m catamarans are currently being built by the shipyard Austal that will join the SuperCat brand. Delivery is scheduled for June 2017. 2GO head of ship management Eduardo Dela Cruz, told PST that the aim was to order another fast ferry next year. While the current new catamarans that are being built will run on diesel fuel; Mr Dela Cruz said the next fast ferry order “would probably be hybrid”. He also stated that “in the near future LNG will be readily available in the market, it is safer and environmentally friendly and although it requires a different way of managing the ventilation system and fuel system of a vessel, it gives a lot of benefits. It is also cheaper [than diesel fuel]. It would be a good business if we use hybrid engines, even though they are a little more complex than conventional engines. We have asked for a quote for hybrid engines.” “We need to do more studies on this, and check operating costs and crew costs, as the crew costs will be higher as the training is different and requires more skill,” he added. The company is planning to roll-out a solar panel programme across all of its vessels, starting with a pilot on one ferry and one container ship. “Solar technology has become cheaper, it has matured and is being used in more marine applications, so we have been having discussions with solar panel companies in Korea,” said Mr Dela Cruz.