Offshore shipping company Eidesvik has a record as a pioner in climate- and environment-friendly ships. Its ambition is to reduce its fleet’s emissions by 50% by 2030 and to operate emission-free by 2050, and with the decision to upgrade the offshore wind vessel Acergy Viking with a battery pack and hybrid propulsion solution the company takes another step towards this goal.
The conversion of the 14-year-old vessel will be completed in the first quarter of 2022. With hybrid propulsion, the ship is expected to reduce diesel consumption (MGO) by up to 350 tonnes per year, with a corresponding reduction in CO2 emissions of more than 1,000 tonnes per year.
“Eidesvik took an active role in the development of a battery solution for ships already in 2006. This solution was later installed on board Viking Lady, making her the first offshore supply ship in the world with a battery on board. At an early stage, hybrid solutions were mainly installed on board our supply vessels, but Eidesvik was also early with similar environmental upgrades on several of our subsea vessels. We are now particularly pleased to introduce hybrid propulsion also on one of our vessels with assignments within offshore wind and renewable energy,” said Jan Fredrik Meling, CEO of Eidesvik Offshore.
Earlier this year, Acergy Viking renewed the offshore wind contract with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy until 2027 and will sail as a service vessel for the renewable energy giant in the six years ahead. Both Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, and Enova SF with their support, have been important partners in realising the hybridisation of the ship.