A hybrid energy system has been installed on board Viking Princess making it the first offshore supply vessel where batteries have reduced the number of generators on board. Viking Princess completed sea trials and the system was handed over to Eidesvik Offshore on October 9, 2017.
She provides supplies to oil rigs in the North Sea and Barents Sea. The five-year old vessel runs on LNG-powered Wärtsilä engines. Depending on the ongoing task and weather conditions, the engine load varies between 90 percent and 20 percent.
There is an expected NOK 1000 billion investment within offshore wind power in Europe alone. In addition, there is an increasing number of ocean windfarms around the globe. Farms are also increasingly further away from shore compared to previously. As a result, purpose-built vessels are needed. The equipment package includes DE propulsion system from Norwegian Electric Systems AS.
“We have developed a vessel that has met requirements from both shipowner and the operator of the vessel. We have balanced technical aspects with commercial requirements, and as such, we have been able to win this contract in a tough and competitive market. The vessel is due to be delivered to ESVAGT in August 2019, and will enter a contract with the Danish wind power company MHI Vestas and serve in the OWF Deutsche Bucht field”, says Sales Director Gisle Vinjevoll Thrane of Havyard Design & Solutions.
It was in March 2015 that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed to use the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) proposals as the basis for the review of the IMO Guidelines for vessels with dynamic positioning (DP) systems (MSC/Circ.645).
The Shipowners’ Club has issued a guidance note, regarding the reactivation process for a vessel following a period of lay-up. In the guidance note, Shipowners recognises no matter if it be an offshore or any other type of support vessel, reactivation and bringing back into service requires careful management in assessing the risks following a period of lay-up.
Much publicity has accompanied the story of Allseas’ giant decommissioning and pipelaying vessel Pioneering Spirit. After a test lift and first commercial removal of Repsol’s Yme platform in the Norwegian North Sea it has more than passed its first real test with removal of Shell’s 24,200t Brent Delta platform topsides. Now details about its part in the record-breaking lift of this decommissioned oil platform topside have been revealed by Kotug International BV.
Five years of engineering and study work preceded the operation yet it took a mere ten seconds for Pioneering Spirit to lift the topside clear of its jacket. Preparations included strengthening the topside’s under-deck and the cutting of the connection between the two.