Eidesvik equips Acergy Viking with Hybrid propulsion

In: Windfarms
Norwegian vessel operator Eidesvik Offshore ASA has announced that its vessel Acergy Viking is to be outfitted with a hybrid propulsion system. The upgrade means that three quarters of Eidesvik’s fleet will operate with hybrid battery propulsion by first half of 2022.

Eidesvik aims to reduce its fleet’s emissions by 50 percent by 2030 and to operate emission-free by 2050. With the decision to upgrade the offshore wind vessel
Acergy Vikingwith 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 MV 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 ASA.

Earlier this year,
Acergy Vikingrenewed its offshore wind contract with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy until 2027 and will sail as a service vessel in the six years ahead. Both Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, and Enova SF with their support, have been important partners in realigning the hybridization of the ship.

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