Eidesvik and Aker BP have launched a joint technology project aiming to reduce emissions from existing supply vessels by at least 70%
Aker BP and partners Eidesvik, Solstad Offshore and Simon Møkster Shipping will install batteries on three offshore supply vessels operating on long-term contracts.
Eidesvik’s platform supply vessels Viking Lady and Viking Prince will both have battery upgrades. When Viking Prince’s upgrade is completed in 2022, 11 of Eidesvik’s 12 vessels will sport hybrid-battery technology.
Eidesvik and Aker BP will extend their collaboration with a new project named ‘Retrofit’ that will evaluate additional measures for converting existing supply vessels to low-emissions units. Eidesvik chief executive Jan Fredrik Meling said the company believes that from a climate and sustainability perspective, the capex and time savings of retrofits make them an attractive proposition over newbuildings and recycling old ships.
Mr Meling said, “We are now working to map available new technologies from a cost-benefit perspective. This is a big task, with several alternatives already on the table. During the next 12 months we hope to have a good basis in place to make decisions on what low-emissions solutions we take forward.”
The Retrofit project aims to capture emissions reductions of 70% or more on selected vessels, making them as climate and environmentally friendly as Eidesvik’s Viking Energy, which will be equipped with an ammonia fuel cell in 2024 as part of the European ShipFC project.
The Aker BP-owned supply vessels NS Orla and NS Frayja, which are managed by Eidesvik, are potential candidates for the green upgrades, in addition to others owned by Eidesvik
“Having Aker BP on board in the Retrofit project is a big vote of confidence in what we’ve been doing. For me, it is a clear indication that they view us as a competent and innovative partner within low-emissions technologies in this vessel segment,” added Mr Meling.
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