“> Shipbuilder Vard has announced that it is to retrofit Farstad Shippings Far Sun PSV (platform supply vessel) with its SeaQ energy storage system. Originally delivered to Farstad in 2014, the diesel-electric Far Sun is on a long-term charter contract with Statoil. According to Vard, upon completion of the retrofit, the vessels environmental impact will be further reduced, particularly when loading and offloading during offshore operations. Having worked closely with Farstad through this project, we are convinced that SeaQ will provide significant savings for Farstad and Statoil over time, said Christian Søvik, VP, global services, Vard Electro. The system enables the ship to utilise excess energy in all operating conditions, as well as simplifying the use of shore power. This will substantially reduce consumption and emissions. Another effect is less noise from ships in port. The SeaQ system will be installed during the second half of 2017. Vard Electro is responsible for the entire project, which includes engineering, steel prefabrication, installation, integration, testing and commissioning. The ship is also expected to be awarded class notation Battery Power by DNV-GL.
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