Offshore support vessels go electric – key competitive differentiator

lithium ship

SEACOR Marine (Louisiana) has handed over the first ABS certified “Electric Lithium-Ion battery powered” offshore support vessel (OSV) in the Gulf of Mexico.

And from the looks of things more upgrades are coming.

SEACOR Marine is now looking to convert three additional OSVs to Lithion-Ion based systems including “SEACOR Azteca, SEACOR Warrior, and SEACOR Viking”.

SEACOR Marine will also install the technology onboard a further six vessels already under construction at Chinese shipyard (COSCO) in Guangdong.

American Bureau of Shipping has issued an Interim Class Certificate with additional notation BATTERY-Li, the first ever ABS OSV to have this notation.

Kongsberg Maritime designed the supply and integration of the hybrid power into the vessels’ control, power monitoring, and dynamic positioning systems.

 “The successful installation of a hybrid power solution along with the first ever ABS OSV BATTERY-Li notation is a big milestone for our company,” said John Gellert, SEACOR Marine’s Chief Executive Officer.

“We have long believed that cutting edge hybrid power technology has the potential to improve vessel efficiency, while reducing fuel consumption and emissions by as much as 20 percent. Early indications from sea trials of SEACOR Maya put us well within reach of this target and validate the success of our investment.”

“The new hybrid lithium battery system will also help us improve safety, drive energy efficiencies and reduce our overall environmental impact. As governments tighten emissions standards, this technology will be a key competitive differentiator, leaving us well placed to take advantage of an upturn in the market,” Gellert added.




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