Tropical Charters Go Green: Solar powered boat Kasi Chan La

Tropical Charters Go Green: Solar powered boat Kasi Chan La

Langkawi’s best boat operator has retrofitted a luxury catamaran with solar power by doing its part to turn Langkawi green.

The catamaran, ‘Kasi Chan La’, uses green technology that were installed by local staff thereby charting a new milestone for the award-winning cruise operator.

Tropical Charters Langkawi chief executive officer Datuk Alexander Issac said adopting green is part of the company policy to help Langkawi become the first Low-carbon Island in the country.

“The company bought the hull sourced from a local shipward and fitted it with solar power all done by my local staff.

“Our intention is to cut the operating cost of ‘Kasi Chan La’ by 30 per cent by using solar power to fire up the engine.

“Instead of hiring consultants, we opted to rely on in-house talents to refit the boat from scratch,” he said.

Kasi Chan La is 42 feet long and has 4 comfortable bedrooms on board, making it a perfect option for overnight private cruises or sailing around Langkawi in style and comfort. It has a top speed of six knots without the help from its sails. It is berthed at the marina besides Resorts World Langkawi.

Tropical Charters’ head of maintenance Hamieazuar Hamizan said four team members spent eight hours a day wraping up the refitting works.

“We tap the staff’s experience with electronic, automotive and engine management knowledge to complete the refitting task.

“The painting job was done at the shipyard and the catamaran was towed to berth at the pier since April.

“We work as a team and being the leader, I coordinate the refitting works and keep telling the boys that everybody was the source of inspiration to get the team moving ahead to carry out the refitting works on time.

Hamieazuar said a generator is installed on board to charge battery in the event of dwindling sunlight, adding the charging process will take three hours.

‘Kasi Chan La’ is scheduled to set sail in the second half of the year after given a bill of health and safety.

The Langkawi District Office has also launched its green initiatives under the Langkawi Low Carbon Island 2030 plan to roll out electric taxi service with the installation of 20 electric vehicle charging stations around the resort island.

It would include the introduction of buggy service at the tourist belt at Pantai Cenang by the end of this year.