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ABS classes first hybrid OSV in Gulf of Mexico

13 Mar 2018

Classification society ABS has been selected by SEACOR Marine to class the first hybrid offshore support vessel (OSV) in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) with the BATTERY-Li notation. 

The SEACOR Maya OSV, currently operated by Mantenimiento Express Maritimo (MEXMAR) a SEACOR Marine’s joint venture in Mexico, will be upgraded to use lithium battery power with modifications expected to be completed in May 2018.

“ABS recognises the economic and environmental benefits of hybrid powered vessels to reduce fuel consumption and emissions in the marine and offshore industries,” said 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.”

Additionally, SEACOR has engaged ABS to provide the optional BATTERY-Li notation on three OSVs operated by MEXMAR which are planned to upgrade to a similar battery system.

The conversion to hybrid power for SEACOR Azteca, SEACOR Warrior and SEACOR Viking is expected to be completed in July 2018.

“The hybrid power solution on the SEACOR Maya has the potential to significantly reduce fuel consumption by as much as 20%,” said SEACOR Manager of Engineering, Tim Clerc.

“Integrating new technologies is complex. To help SEACOR realise the benefit of using cutting-edge hybrid power, we partnered with ABS, to class the lithium battery system, to help validate its reliability.

“The operational savings gained from a hybrid power solution will also reduce emissions and facilitate our compliance to strict environmental regulations.”

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Photo credit: ABS
Published: 13 March, 2018

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