Vard to upgrade Farstad’s platform supplier

Shipbuilding and repair company Vard will upgrade Farstad Shipping’s platform supply vessel Far Sun.

The PSV was delivered from Vard to Farstad Shipping in 2014 for immediate beginning of its long-term charter contract with Statoil out of Stavanger.

Now, the vessel will be equipped with batteries for energy storage and increase its environmentally friendly operation, Vard said on Wednesday.

The company further added that the environmental impact of the diesel electric PSV will now be further reduced, in particular when loading and offloading during offshore operations but also in all operating modes.

According to the company, its SeaQ Energy Storage System will ensure further reductions in environmental impact and operating costs. In addition, increased security is achieved in terms of spinning reserve, response time as well as increased redundancy.

Christian Søvik, VP Global Services of Vard Electro, said: “The system enables the ship to utilize 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 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 will be awarded class notation “Battery Power” by DNV-GL. The battery supplier will be Corvus in Bergen.