UK Launches World’s First Electric Crew Transfer Vessel Retrofit Project

A groundbreaking project in the UK will transform a crew transfer vessel into the world's first retrofitted Electric Crew Transfer Vessel (E-CTV). The vessel, currently known as the Ginny Louise, will operate entirely on electric power, with new propulsion systems and advanced technology for safer, faster, and emissions-free transfers.
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The UK is planning a demonstration project to retrofit an existing crew transfer vessel (CTV) into the world’s first Electric Crew Transfer Vessel (E-CTV). The vessel, known as Ginny Louise and built in Spain in 2011, will be converted to operate entirely on electric power, replacing its combustion engines with a 100 percent emissions-free solution. The project was selected as a leading-edge initiative in decarbonization by the UK government.

The retrofit will involve replacing the old propulsion system with a Quad Installation of Volvo Penta IPS 30 paired with fully electric motors and over 2 MW of onboard battery capacity. The vessel will also be equipped with new technology, including Volvo Penta’s Joystick Control and Glass Cockpit System, for improved maneuverability and a smoother driving experience. A new charging infrastructure will be installed to increase the vessel’s range and operational time.

The project, estimated to cost £8 million, is being funded by the UK government’s Zero Emissions Vessel and Infrastructure (ZEVI) program. The vessel, once converted and renamed e-Ginny, will support crew transfers at an offshore UK wind farm for three years. The project involves collaboration between Tidal Transit, Goodchild Marine Services, Artemis Technologies, MJR Power & Automation, and key equipment suppliers like Volvo Penta, Danfoss, and Corvus Energy.

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