ABS classes first OSV in the GoM to use hybrid power
SEACOR Marine has selected ABS to class the first offshore support vessel in the Gulf of Mexico to operate using hybrid power.
The company requested the BATTERY-Li notation for theSEACOR Maya OSV, currently operated by Mantenimiento Express Maritimo SAPI de CV (MEXMAR), its joint venture in Mexico. The OSV is being upgraded to use lithium battery power. Modifications are expected to be completed in May 2018.
Dr. Wei Huang, Director for Offshore Support Vessels, said: “ABS recognizes the economic and environmental benefits of hybrid powered vessels to reduce fuel consumption and emissions in the marine and offshore industries. This milestone reinforces our safety mission and promotes development of alternative power applications and energy storage systems that optimize efficiencies.”
SEACOR Manager of Engineering Tim Clerc said: “The hybrid power solution on theSEACOR Maya has the potential to significantly reduce fuel consumption—by as much as 20%.
“Integrating new technologies is complex. To help SEACOR realize the benefit of using cutting-edge hybrid power, we partnered with ABS, to class the lithium battery system, to help validate its reliability. The operational savings gained from a hybrid power solution will also reduce emissions and facilitate our compliance to strict environmental regulations.”
SEACOR has engaged ABS to provide the optional BATTERY-Li notation on three additional OSVs operated by MEXMAR. The conversion to hybrid power for theSEACOR Azteca, SEACOR Warrior, and SEACOR Viking is expected to be completed in July 2018.