Ålesund, Norway-based Hydroniq Coolers’ Rack seawater cooler is integrated in the hull below the main engineroom of the vessel, where it reduces temperatures in the ship’s engines and other auxiliary systems by using seawater – but without taking up engineroom space
Norwegian shipyard Aas Mekaniske Verksted has placed an order with Hydroniq Coolers to deliver its hull-integrated Rack seawater cooling system to a wellboat the yard is building for Norwegian company Brønnbåt Nord Lofoten.
Hydroniq Coolers sales manager Håvard Tveitane said “Our Rack seawater cooler is highly energy efficient and subsequently reduces both fuel consumption and emissions to air. We assume these are some of the reasons, alongside its maintenance-friendly features, for why it has been chosen as the marine cooling system for this newbuild too.”
Hydroniq will manufacture and assemble the equipment in Ålesund and deliver it to Aas Mekaniske Verksted’s yard at Vestnes. Hydroniq Coolers has not disclosed the value of the contract.
Brønnbåt Nord Lofoten’s vessel will be of the yard’s own design, type AAS 1202 STDE-Hybrid. The ship will be built with diesel-electric propulsion and ESS-battery plant for hybrid operation, as well as large onshore power capacity.
The yard said this will result in lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions. The wellboat is specially designed to operate in a relatively exposed area from its base in Skrova, Norway.
The 63.86m by 14 m wellboat will have a storage capacity of 1,200 m2 across two wells and delivery is scheduled for November 2021.
Hydroniq Coolers is owned by Norwegian investment company SMV Invest (formerly Sperre Mek. Verksted) and supplied the cooling systems for Aas Mekaniske Verksted’s last three newbuilds.