Norwegian shipbuilder Vard Group has installed Vard Electro’s SeaQ Integrated Bridge solution on a new Construction Service Operation Vessel (CSOV), Rem Power, to optimise environmental performance. The vessel, which is the first of two newbuild CSOVs being built by Vard Group, will be used for installation and maintenance work in offshore wind farms. The SeaQ technology provided by Vard Electro is helping to reduce the environmental impact of offshore wind operations in line with increasingly stringent regulations and demands from customers and banks. The SeaQ bridge integrates control functions for propulsion, thruster, dynamic positioning and other systems into a single, easy-to-use interface to achieve higher operational efficiencies, improve safety and minimise fuel consumption.
The benefits of the SeaQ Integrated Bridge have been demonstrated in real operation through deliveries to 25 ships around the world, in fishing, cruising and offshore areas since 2017. The system provides each operator with a personalised set-up of integrated systems via a 12-inch touchscreen with a range of displays ranging in size from 27 to 55 inches. Gisle Anderssen, Vard Electro’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said the system complements the battery-hybrid propulsion systems on these newbuilds as it enables optimal decision-making on the bridge to maximise energy efficiency.
The hybrid battery power solution, which will be installed on Rem Power and her sister ship, and is scheduled for delivery in 2024, will include the 2.2 megawatt SeaQ energy storage system to store excess energy available from the ship or via shore connections for later use can reduce fuel consumption or optimise performance. It also enables the reduction of load peaks and strategic loading, in which the operating point of the units is optimised. Running exclusively on battery power results in zero emissions and less maintenance because there are no moving engine parts, which also reduces noise and vibration.
The SeaQ Green Pilot monitors fuel consumption to generate real-time emissions data to track progress against energy management KPIs and comply with the ship’s energy efficiency management plan. In addition, SeaQ Drives enables low-harmonic propulsion for efficient engine operation, while SeaQ Switchgear ensures closed-bus dynamic positioning operation safely.
SeaQ technologies will also provide the building blocks for a new generation of zero-emission vessels being developed as part of Vard Group’s ZeroClass initiative. The initiative is focused on developing sustainable solutions for the maritime industry to reduce emissions and create a sustainable, low-carbon future.