Ship engineering company Peak Marine Tech AS has awarded Norwegian Electric Systems AS (NES) a contract to supply the battery and control systems for the conversion of the Fjord Connector cable lay vessel.

Under the contract, NES will deliver a complete battery system and upgrade all control and automation systems on board the vessel, plus equip it to enable battery charging while at port. NES has not disclosed the value of the contract. 

The Fjord Connector is currently undergoing conversion from a seismic support vessel to a cable lay vessel designed for installation of fibreoptic subsea cables. 

Martin Aasheim of NES with Stian Andrè Larsen of Peak Marine Tech AS

Source: NES

Martin Aasheim of NES with Stian Andrè Larsen of Peak Marine Tech AS

The upgrade of the Fjord Connector with a new battery pack, smart control system and charging infrastructure will enable it to undertake zero emission cable lay operations. The vessel will charge batteries quayside at night, utilise hybrid propulsion when sailing offshore, and then cut all equipment when on site to allow for optimal load on the generator which in turn will enable zero emission cable lay operations. 

NES will supply the equipment in the second quarter of 2022. It will be delivered to the Polish shipyard that is responsible for converting the Fjord Connector.

NES, which is a subsidiary of Oslo-listed HAV Group ASA, will design, assemble, and test the systems at its headquarters at Godvik outside Bergen, Norway, before shipping it to the Polish yard.