A Norwegian company will equip the Tidewater vessel with a retrofit battery

Tidewater Rederi, a Norwegian subsidiary of US offshore vessel operator Tidewater, has ordered a set of batteries for one of its Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs) from the Norwegian company Norwegian Electric Systems (NES), a subsidiary of the HAV Group.

NES announced on Monday that it had been contracted by Tidewater to supply a battery pack and associated control system for battery charging to be installed on board the PSV Northern Pomor. This vessel built in 2013 is already equipped with diesel-electric propulsion and can accommodate 40 people.

The agreement with Tidewater will allow NES to supply the equipment for this PSV as part of an upcoming vessel upgrade, using skills from its Norwegian facilities in Bergen and Ålesund to design, assemble and test the system. set of batteries and the control system. Delivery is scheduled for the third quarter of 2023. No financial details on the contract were disclosed.

Egil Bremnessales manager at NES, remarked: “Authorities and companies around the world expect the offshore industry to reduce its carbon footprint. Upgrading a set of batteries on board a ship is a quick way to reduce emissions. Additionally, installing a battery pack reduces fuel costs and operating expenses, while improving on-board system reliability. It also explains why we are seeing increased interest in battery upgrades onboard offshore support vessels.

NES’s deal with Tidewater comes just months after the Norwegian player was awarded a contract with Volstad Maritime to deliver the battery pack and associated control system for battery charging of the M submarine construction vessel. /S Volantis.

Regarding recent activities of Tidewater, it should be noted that the American vessel operator completed the acquisition of Singapore’s Swire Pacific Offshore in April 2022.

Thanks to this, the company added 50 vessels to its fleet, bringing the total size of its fleet to 203 vessels, including crew boats, tugs and maintenance vessels.

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