Demand is growing in the offshore market for supply and service boats equipped with hybrid battery power. Like many energy majors, Equinor and Shell are increasingly stipulating batteries on board in their charter contracts
First explored in the recently completed FellowSHIP project, battery hybrid power installed on offshore supply vessels gave 15-25% fuel savings, and even greater emissions reductions. Those results planted the seeds of a transition that is taking hold across the industry.
Equinor, (then Statoil) was a partner in FellowSHIP, and has been working on CO2 reduction since 2011. The goal for Equinor’s logistics and emergency operations is a 50% reduction of CO2 emissions by 2030 compared to 2011. “If we are to meet that goal, we need to take action now,” said Equinor principal consultant, supply chain management, marine operations, Helge Såtendal. “Batteries have come on stronger recently as a viable, long-term alternative to help us reach this goal.”
But the benefits of batteries don’t stop at fuel efficiency and emissions reduction, Mr Såtendal said. “Captains say batteries also enhance performance. They feel more secure knowing that they have battery power at hand, because batteries have a shorter response time, allowing instant application of power when needed.”
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