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Thursday, December 30, 2021 

Engineering company Peak Marine Tech has awarded Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) a contract to supply the battery and control systems to enable zero emission cable lay operations from the converted 'Fjord Connector' cable lay vessel owned by Seaworks Kabel.

Under the contract, NES will deliver a complete battery system and upgrade all control and automation systems on board the vessel, plus equip it to enable battery charging while at port. NES has not disclosed the value of the contract.

NES MD Geir Larsen said: “This project epitomises NES’ core competence and technology extremely well. In short, we will help to upgrade a vessel in order to realise significant reductions in operating cost and emission levels.”

The Fjord Connector is currently undergoing conversion from a seismic support vessel to a cable lay vessel designed for installation of fibreoptic subsea cables.

Upgrading Fjord Connector with a new battery pack, smart control system and charging infrastructure will enable zero emission cable lay operations. The vessel will charge batteries quayside at night, utilise hybrid propulsion when sailing offshore, and then cut all equipment when on site to allow for optimal load on the generator which in turn will enable zero emission cable lay operations.

“This type of operating pattern will reduce our fuel consumption substantially, including the inherent environmental benefits it offers. We look forward to cooperating with NES to upgrade the Fjord Connector,” said Stian Andrè Larsen, GM Peak Marine Tech.

NES will deliver the equipment in the second quarter of 2022 to the Polish shipyard that is responsible for converting the Fjord Connector.

Martin Aasheim, sales manager NES, said: “From NES’ perspective, this is a non-complex project but one that provides excellent benefits to the vessel operator, which is very dedicated to continuously work for sustainable solutions for its fleet and operations.”

Peak Marine Tech, part of Peak Group, delivers project management for newbuilding, redesign and modification projects, in addition to deck equipment, inspections and surveys. Innovation and sustainability are key factors in all Peak Marine Tech’s services and products. Peak Marine Tech has offices in Bergen and Groningen, Netherlands.

NES, which is a subsidiary of Oslo-listed HAV Group, will design, assemble, and test the systems at its headquarters at Godvik outside Bergen, Norway, before shipping it to the Polish yard.

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