Offshore charging of electric vessels is a tricky proposition, but one that UK-based firm Jebb Smith hopes it can solve with its development of the Oasis Power Buoy. To this end, the company recently secured funding through the UK’s Maritime Research & Innovation UK (MarRI-UK) scheme to develop the concept.
The company said it will expand the design of its Mara Buoy range, a deck level mooring system originally conceived for the leisure market, to create the Oasis Power Buoy, which will contain an electrical connection allowing crew transfer vessels to moor and recharge in-field.
Company director George Smith said, “We are delighted to be awarded this funding. The benefits to the environment and the wind farm operators of the Oasis Power Buoy will be great enabling the wider use of hybrid and electric vessels offshore.”