Wärtsilä has announced it will engineer and install hybrid battery packages for the Norway-based operator Atlantic Offshore, to power two of its offshore supply vessels.
The Ocean Star and Ocean Art will be fitted with a 746kWh hybrid system at the Fitjar shipyard in Norway, having originally been designed by Wärtsilä and fitted with the company’s engines and Low Loss Concept electrical systems. The LLC technology minimizes electrical loses and will make the conversion process as seamless as possible. The order was placed by Atlantic Offshore in June 2019, with project completion expected early in 2020.
“Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine approach, with its focus on greater efficiencies and better environmental performance, is an important background to this upgrading project for these two vessels. In addition to saving fuel and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the hybrid package will make the vessels more attractive to potential charterers,” said Atlantic Offshore CEO Roy Wareberg. “Atlantic Offshore is committed to promoting sustainability throughout our operations and having the Ocean Star and Ocean Art converted to hybrid propulsion is fully in line with this commitment. We thank Wärtsilä for its excellent support and capabilities in bringing this project to reality.”