Vard Electro successfully installed SeaQ® Energy Storage System on Stril Barents
VARD (part of Fincantieri) reports that the Platform Supply Vessel Stril Barents was delivered from VARD to Simon Møkster Shipping in 2015. In August 2019, the vessel was equipped with Vard Electro’s SeaQ Energy Storage System (ESS) and SeaQ Shore Connection. Stril Barents is a modern duel fuel vessel, and the installation of the SeaQ ESS and SeaQ Shore Connection will ensure that the environmental impact is reduced. Fuel consumption and emissions will be significantly reduced for all operating modes. Increased security is achieved in terms of spinning reserve, response time as well as enhanced redundancy.
Tom Karlsen, Technical Manager at Simon Møkster Shipping says; “The project was carried out well. A good start-up process, clarification meetings along the way, and a comprehensive test program before the installation. This made the vessel’s operational pattern minimally affected.”
Vard Electro was responsible for the entire project, which includes engineering, steel prefabrication, installation, integration, testing and commissioning. Planning and installation was done in close cooperation with Simon Møkster Shipping. The result was a successful installation without off-hire days for the vessel. The vessel will be awarded class notation "Battery Power" by DNV-GL.
Roger Sandnes, Sales Manager at Vard Electro adds: “We are proud to have delivered the SeaQ Energy Storage system to Stril Barents and Simon Møkster Shipping. 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. We had a common goal to install the SeaQ ESS without downtime for the vessel, and together with Simon Møkster Shipping we reached this goal. Without the dedicated team at Simon Møkster Shipping, this would not have been possible. This is how we move forward, in close cooperation with highly skilled customers. Together we improved an already great vessel.”
About Simon Møkster Shipping
Simon Møkster Shipping is a supplier of modern offshore support vessels with high quality specifications, designed for operations in harsh weather conditions. The company's head office is located in Stavanger, Norway and main operational area is the North- and the Barents Sea. Møkster has a fleet of 17 advanced offshore vessels and approximately 550 employees onshore and offshore. Simon Møkster Shipping is 100% owned by the Møkster family.
About Vard Electro
Vard Electro is a globally recognized and trusted provider and advisor of marine electrical systems. In close cooperation with the customer, Vard Electro offers effective and environmentally friendly solutions with a focus on optimization of operational performance, delivering reliable and user-friendly systems and efficient service throughout the lifetime of a vessel. Vard Electro works with all established brands in the market and has installed its equipment on over 300 vessels, including complete systems for power management, propulsion, automation, and navigation.
Vard Electro was established in 1997, and is today headquartered in Tennfjord, Norway. The company operates globally and is strategically located across the world with more than 800 employees spread across locations in Norway, Romania, UK, Italy, Singapore, Vietnam, India, UK, Brazil, and Canada.
VARD launched the SeaQ® brand in 2013. Vard Electro’s product range consists of the following product groups; SeaQ® Bridge, SeaQ® Power and SeaQ® Control. SeaQ products conform to the highest industry standards. Every SeaQ product can be delivered individually or as part of a larger integrated package, contributing to the competitiveness of VARD and meeting market needs and expectations.
About SeaQ® Energy Storage System
The SeaQ Energy Storage System optimizes power systems to increase safety, cut operational costs, decrease environmental footprint and give the ship owner the best operating conditions. The system works as a spinning reserve which gives the operator the option to run with reduced numbers of engines which again reduces the emissions and running hours on the engines. It also provides an intuitive control of the energy storage and ensure full control or charging and discharging.
About SeaQ® Shore Connection
SeaQ® Shore Connection is a Low Voltage Shore Connection (LVSC) compliant with the IEC 80005-3 standard. The solution utilizes industrial power connectors for a quick, safe and reliable connection to the shore installation. Additionally, the solution provides a seamless load transfer via automatic and semi-automatic synchronization of the vessel towards the shore installation.
Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”), together with its subsidiaries (the “Group”), is one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of specialized vessels. Headquartered in Norway and with approx. 8 600 employees, VARD operates nine strategically located shipbuilding facilities, including five in Norway, two in Romania, one in Brazil and one in Vietnam. Through its specialized subsidiaries, VARD develops power and automation systems, deck handling equipment, and vessel accommodation solutions, and provides design and engineering services to the global maritime industry.
VARD’s long shipbuilding traditions, cutting-edge innovation and technology coupled with its global operations and track record in constructing complex and highly customized vessels have earned it recognition from industry players and enabled it to build strong relationships with its customers.
The majority shareholder of VARD is Fincantieri Oil & Gas S.p.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of FINCANTIERI S.p.A. Headquartered in Trieste, Italy, FINCANTIERI is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and has, over its 200 years of maritime history, built more than 7,000 vessels.