Norwegian offshore vessel owner Eidesvik, which plans to convert much of its fleet to operate with hybrid battery propulsion by H1 2022, has unveiled plans to upgrade another vessel, Acergy Viking
Acergy Viking is currently committed to the offshore wind market, where it has been under contract to wind turbine OEM Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.
The conversion of the 14-year-old vessel will be completed in Q1 2022. With hybrid propulsion, the ship is expected to have reduced diesel consumption of up to 350 tonnes a year, with a corresponding reduction in CO2 emissions of more than 1,000 tonnes per year.
Eidesvik Offshore chief executive Jan Fredrik Meling said, “Eidesvik took an active role in the development of a battery solutions for ships back in 2006.
“A battery solution was later installed on the platform supply vessel Viking Lady, making it the first offshore supply ship in the world with a battery on board.
“Hybrid solutions have mainly been installed on our supply vessels, but Eidesvik was also an early mover with similar upgrades on several of our subsea vessels.
“We are particularly pleased to introduce hybrid propulsion on a vessels with an assignment in the offshore wind industry.”
Earlier in 2021, Eidesvik renewed a contract with Siemens Gamesa that will see Acergy Viking work for the company until 2027.