First PSV battery retrofits for the Americas
Corvus Energy has been selected to provide battery power to four Gulf of Mexico SEACOR platform supply vessels being retrofitted to hybrid operations.
The Orca Energy ESS from Corvus will form part of the Kongsberg hybrid solution which will power the PSV’s propulsion and dynamic positioning system to enable safe, environmentally-friendly and lower cost operations.
“Corvus is proud to be a key partner in SEACOR’s commitment to the environment and their goal of sustainable and energy efficient operations,” said Halvard Hauso, senior vice president of sales at Corvus Energy.
“These PSVs will become the first hybrid PSVs in the Americas to help clients meet strict the environmental regulations for reducing NOx, SOx and CO2 emissions.”
All four PSVs are owned by Mantenimiento Express Marítimo SAPI de CV (MEXMAR), SEACOR Marine’s joint venture in Mexico.
The first retrofit will be completed on the SEACOR Maya PSV. By July 2018, hybrid power retrofits will be completed for three additional Mexico-based SEACOR vessels: The SEACOR Azteca, SEACOR Warrior and SEACOR Viking.
Typical vessel operations will utilise the batteries to provide spinning reserve during critical vessel operations such as dynamic positioning, as well as to provide support for peak shaving, enabling the diesel engines to operate more efficiently.
Utilising battery power from the Orca ESS will not only reduce the environmental footprint of the offshore operations but will also significantly reduce operational costs, including fuel and maintenance on the engines.
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