ABS has been selected by SEACOR Marine to class the first offshore support vessel (OSV) that will operate using hybrid power.
SEACOR requested the Battery-Li notation for its SEACOR Maya OSV. The OSC is currently being operated by Mantenimiento Express Maritimo SAPI de CV (MEXMAR), a joint venture with SEACOR Marine in Mexico. It is being upgraded to use lithium battery power, which is expected to be completed by May 2018.
The hybrid powered solution on the SEACOR Maya is expected to significantly reduce fuel consumption, up to 20% according to SEACOR Manager of Engineering, Tim Clerc. In addition, the battery solution will reduce emissions, help achieve operational savings, and contribute to compliance with strict environmental regulations.
Three additional OSVs operated by MEXMAR will undergo conversion to a similar battery system. The SEACOR Azteca, SEACOR Warrior and SEACOR Viking are expected to complete conversion to hybrid power by July 2018.
“ABS recognises the economic and environmental benefits of hybrid powered vessels to reduce fuel consumption and emissions in the marine and offshore industries,” says ABS Director for Offshore Support Vessels, Dr. Wei Huang. “This milestone reinforces our safety mission and promotes development of alternative power applications and energy storage systems that optimise efficiencies.”