The Port of Bergen has announced that it has taken delivery of a new work and supervision boat from Maritime Partner, named the Sydnes. Fitted with a hybrid propulsion system, the Alusafe 1500 MPV Hybrid vessel benefits from 110kWh batteries made by Corvus Energy and two 510hp diesel engines driving water jets. When using just battery power, the boat can travel at 4-5 kts for two hours, or on its conventional diesel engines at 27 kts for a further five hours.
“Several of the boat models we have in the range are delivered with a hybrid propulsion line or are prepared for a hybrid or all-electric propulsion system,” said says Arne Dybvik, director of sales and marketing, Maritime Partner. “The concept becomes better and more user-friendly with an accelerating development of good systems. Together with our use of environmentally friendly materials, this is the future.”
Made from recyclable aluminum, the Alusafe 1500 MPV is fitted with a large work deck at the front, a bow ramp, a winch, a crane, and a spacious wheelhouse. Operating in large areas, the vessel has both the speed, capacity and equipment to cover necessary distances and carry out tasks including the maintenance of port installations, towing of boats, rescue missions or oil spill operations.
“When acquiring a new work boat, both range and being environmentally friendly were important factors,” commented Johnny Breivik, harbor director at the Port of Bergen. “The speed and range of the new Sydnes meets the first requirement and the battery pack ensures the second requirement [is also] met.”
Breivik continued, “We are taking an important step towards an emission-free port. From now on we will be able to sail inner harbor and along the quays on batteries only. The boat will be able to operate silently and run completely emission-free. When sailing in the fjords, Sydnes will engage the diesel engines, and the range increases considerably. We have a large district that stretches from Fedje in the north to Bjørnafjorden in the south, so getting there quickly means a lot.”