NES signs deal to deliver containerized battery package to live fish carrier

Editorial Staff

Move reflects the industry’s increased focus on energy-efficiency to reduce both operating costs and emissions says MD.

Norway-based shipowner and operator AquaShip/Intership has contracted Norwegian Electric Systems AS (NES) to deliver a deck-based battery energy storage system to the Grip Explorer wellboat.

Under the contract, NES will provide a containerized energy storage system comprising a “Quest” battery charger with 1,250 kW capacity, a 994 kWh battery package capable of operating in peak shaving, spinning reserve, and harbor mode, a control system, a transformer, and an upgrade of the current blackout safety system (BOSS). NES will also assist with the commissioning of the system.

“We have delivered this type of containerized energy storage system to a number of offshore vessels, but this is the first time we are installing it onboard a live fish carrier. It reflects the aquaculture industry’s increased focus on energy-efficient marine operations as an enabler to reduce both operating costs and emissions,” said Siv Remøy-Vangen, managing director of Norwegian Electric Systems.

AquaShip/Intership will install the equipment on board the vessel Grip Explorer, which is currently being converted from an offshore supply vessel to a 3,500 m3 live fish carrier.

NES, specializing in sustainable energy design and smart control, will deliver the equipment during 2024 from its headquarters in Bergen, Norway. AquaShip/Intership will install the equipment on the Grip Explorer, currently being converted from an offshore supply vessel to a 3,500 m3 live fish carrier.

“We are confident that installing a battery package from NES will be a success. It will result in reduced emissions, higher operational reliability, and improved onboard working conditions for our crew,” said Stian Førde, Technical Manager-Electro, and Nils Otterlei, Chief Operation Officer at AquaShip.

AquaShip/Intership, headquartered in Kristiansund and Hareid has a fleet of 40 vessels, including wellboats, support vessels, harvesting boats, feed boats, service boats, and three new boats under construction.

“Adding battery power to existing vessels is a growth market, and we are very pleased to get a market breakthrough for our containerized energy storage system in the aquaculture industry. We look forward to collaborating with AquaShip/Intership on this project,” said Egil Bremnes, sales manager at NES.

NES is a subsidiary of HAV Group, listed on Euronext Growth Oslo, with operations in Bergen, Egersund, Ålesund in Norway, and Istanbul, Turkey.


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