Eidesvik Offshore is set to upgrade its service operation vessel (SOV) Acergy Viking as part of the company’s ambition to reduce its fleet emissions by 50% by 2030.
Acergy Viking will be updated with a battery pack and hybrid propulsion solution, which is expected to bring to a reduction of 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.
The conversion of the 14-year-old vessel will be completed in the first quarter of 2022.
Eidesvik stated that the climate and environmental upgrade means that three-quarters of its fleet will operate with hybrid battery propulsion by the first half of 2022.
“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,” said Jan Fredrik Meling, CEO of Eidesvik Offshore.
“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.”
Earlier this year, Acergy Viking renewed its contract with Siemens Gamesa until 2027 and will sail as a service vessel for the turbine supplier in the six years ahead.