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Friday, September 17, 2021 

Simon Mkster Shipping has ordered SeaQ Energy Storage Systems (ESS) from the Vard Electro, to help enhance the companys efficiency and environmental performance.

Vard Electro, as system integrator, will deliver a retrofit, deckhouse energy storage system, for hybrid battery power onboard two platform supply vessels (PSVs), Stril Orion and Stril Polar, which are scheduled to be hybrid ready by the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022, qualifying them for DNV’s Battery Power notation. Vard Electro will be responsible for the entire project which includes engineering, steel prefabrication, installation, integration, testing, and commissioning. Planning and installation will be carried out in close collaboration with Simon Møkster Shipping to ensure minimum off-hire days.

Johan Stavik, Sales Manager, Vard Electro, said: “We are excited to once again have been chosen to deliver our SeaQ Energy Storage System onboard two of Simon Møkster Shipping’s platform supply vessels. We have a solid competence in battery installations, and as a total supplier we can facilitate the installation of battery solutions with minimum downtime. We are proud that Simon Møkster Shipping reverted to us for our SeaQ solutions, and we warmly welcome them back"

"With a goal to further increase our fleet’s fuel efficiency and to become more environmentally friendly, Vard Electro and their SeaQ technology was a natural choice for us," said Tom Karlsen, CTO Simon Møkster Shipping.

SeaQ ESS enable the vessels to utilise excess energy in all operating conditions, as well as simplifying the use of shore power. This can substantially reduce consumption and emissions in addition to reducing the vessels’ maintenance requirement, without compromising operational performance. Based on hybrid technology, the main purpose of the SeaQ ESS system is to reduce emissions, fuel consumption and increase safety. The SeaQ ESS stores excess energy available in the vessels to use it later to reduce fuel consumption and optimise vessel performance. It facilitates for operations with fewer engines online, and the engines online can operate at optimal load. Safety is increased due to the batteries' ability to supply immediate energy in critical situations.

Control and monitoring of the hybrid system is handled by the SeaQ Energy Management System and the SeaQ Power Management System, communicating with existing control systems onboard. SeaQ ESS includes modes for peak shaving, spinning reserve and zero emission transit. By using the batteries to absorb and dispense energy through load fluctuations and running the engines at optimal load, significant efficiency improvements in fuel consumption and emission can be achieved.

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