HAV Group subsidiary Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) has secured a contract from ship engineering firm Peak Marine Tech to deliver battery and control systems for a converted cable lay vessel (CLV), Fjord Connector.

The value of the contract has not been disclosed by the companies.

The installation will enable zero emission cable lay operations from Seaworks Kabel-owned Fjord Connector.

NES will provide a complete battery system as well as modernise all control and automation solutions on board the ship.

It will also upgrade the vessel for allowing battery charging while at port.

Currently, Fjord Connector is being transformed from a seismic support vessel to a cable lay vessel developed for the installation of fibreoptic subsea cables.

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At night, the ship will charge batteries at quayside and use hybrid propulsion when sailing offshore.

On site, the vessel will shut all equipment for optimal load on the generator, which in turn will enable zero emission cable lay operations.

Peak Marine Tech general manager Stian Andrè Larsen said: “This type of operating pattern will reduce our fuel consumption substantially, including the inherent environmental benefits it offers. We look forward to cooperating with NES to upgrade the Fjord Connector.” 

The equipment is expected to be delivered by NES in Q2 2022.

It will be supplied to the Polish shipyard, which is carrying out the conversion of Fjord Connector.

Before shipping the solutions, NES will develop, assemble, and test the systems at its headquarters at Godvik outside Bergen, Norway.

Peak Marine Tech, a unit of Peak Group, offers project management for newbuilding, redesign, and modification projects.

It also delivers deck equipment and performs surveys and inspections.

In 2019, NES agreed to modernise ferry Tõll’s diesel-electric propulsion solution into an environmentally friendly battery-hybrid.