LYSAKER, Norway – Aker BP and partners Eidesvik, Solstad Offshore, and Simon Møkster Shipping will install batteries on three offshore supply vessels operating on long-term contracts.
One is Eidesvik’s platform supply vessel Viking Lady. Eidesvik has also committed to a corresponding battery upgrade on its PSV Viking Prince, currently working for Aker BP, a program which should be completed in 2022.
At that point 11 of Eidesvik’s 12 vessels now in operation will be equipped with hybrid battery technology.
Eidesvik and Aker BP now plan a new project, ‘Retrofit’, to assess additional solutions for converting existing supply vessels to low-emission units.
“As a shipowner we believe we can achieve increasingly large emissions reductions as well as save capex by prolonging the lifetime of existing vessels with new green technologies,” said an Eidesvik spokesperson.
Retrofit will involve emission reductions of 70% or more on selected vessels.
The Aker BP-owned supply vessels NS Orla and NS Frayja, both managed by Eidesvik, are potential candidates for the upgrades, in addition to others owned by the company.