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Tuesday, June 16, 2020 

An ABB hybrid power and energy system will make 'Færøysund', a new live fish carrier being built at Aas Mek Verksted in Norway for salmon farming company Nova Sea Service, one of the most environmentally friendly vessels of its kind.

As the first live fish carrier to feature ABB hybrid power and propulsion solution with integral energy storage, Færøysund responds to a wider green shift in the maritime industry, meeting demands for more accountability in the food supply chain. The 77m vessel is due for delivery in September 2021.

ABB’s scope of supply consists of an electric, digital and connected propulsion package comprising two ACS880 drives and two permanent magnet motors, the energy storage system including a battery pack, low voltage switchboards, and a power energy management system (PEMS). ABB is overseeing all systems engineering, project management and commissioning, and will offer a full range of remote diagnostic services.

“We are very proud of the innovation behind this project and our role in supporting Nova Sea’s mission to deliver fresher, tastier products from farm to plate,” said Halvard Aas, Aas Mek Verksted. "Consumers are increasingly aware of the need for sustainability in the transport chain and our collaboration with ABB has resulted in a power plant solution for Færøysund that supports live fish transport while also minimising carbon footprint.”

Onboard batteries will enable peak shaving when the ship is operating at high loads, optimising energy management and reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Stored energy will be critical for fish life support, acting as a reserve, if required, in the event of power outage or blackout. In environmentally sensitive areas, stored energy, supported by clean shore power connected via ABB technology, will enable emission-free operation.

“This is a very sophisticated live fish carrier whose energy efficiency contributes to sustainability in the food supply chain it serves and in its working environment,” said Sindre Sætre, head of ABB Marine & Ports business in Norway. “Building on years of ABB experience in hybrid power solutions, we are proud to make a first delivery for a ship of this specialised type. The order also adds momentum to the shift towards green technologies being seen across the marine sector.”

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