Rolls-Royce battery power for six offshore vessels
Rolls-Royce will upgrade six Chinese built offshore vessels with battery-powered energy system in order to substantially improve their environmental and economic efficiency.
The delivery includes an upgraded Energy Storage Container System (ESSU), Dynamic Positioning system (DP) and ACON control system. They will also be equipped with a new Rolls-Royce Energy Monitoring system.
“Combining a proven and advanced design, best in category accommodations, and the innovative Rolls-Royce battery system, these vessels will be highly marketable across all major offshore energy regions worldwide,” said John Gellert, President, chief executive officer and director, SEACOR.
New and improved
Until recently these five-year old vessels built by Cosco Guangdong, have been laid up in the yard. But following the announcement of SEACOR Marine Holding’s joint venture with China Cosco Shipping Group, the SEACOSCO venture wants to get them back into service as soon as possible.
There is a future option with the contract to upgrade a further two vessels.
The vessels are of Rolls-Royce UT 771 WP design with the characteristic Wave Piercing bow. The bow reduces wave resistance during rough conditions, resulting in a smoother ride than traditional designs, reduced fuel consumption and increased onboard safety.
In addition to having provided the ship design, Rolls-Royce also originally delivered an extensive package of ship equipment and systems to the vessels now being prepared for an environmental upgrade.
When work has been completed, SEACOR, which has its head office in Louisiana, USA, will take full operational responsibility for the vessels and add them to its current fleet.
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