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HAV editor26.9.20222 min read

Tidewater orders NES battery package for PSV

Offshore service vessel provider Tidewater has contracted HAV Group ASA’s subsidiary Norwegian Electric Systems AS (NES) to deliver a battery package and associated control system for battery charging to be retrofitted on board the platform supply vessel (PSV) M.V. North Pomor.

Norway-based NES, which specialises in sustainable energy design and smart control, will provide the equipment to the North Pomor in connection with a forthcoming vessel upgrade. The PSV North Pomor was built in 2013 and is already equipped with diesel-electric propulsion.

NES will utilise competence across its Norwegian facilities in Bergen (HQ), and Ålesund to design, assemble and test the battery package and control system, which will be delivered in the third quarter of 2023. NES has not disclosed the value of the contract.

The contract has been placed by Tidewater Rederi AS, which is part of Tidewater’s Norwegian operation. North Pomor sails under the Norwegian flag.

“Authorities and societies all over the world expect the offshore industry to reduce its carbon footprint. Retrofitting a battery package on board a vessel is a quick way to cut emissions. Moreover, installing a battery package reduces fuel costs and operating expenditure, while also enhancing system reliability on board. This also explains why we are experiencing increased interest in battery retrofits on board offshore support vessels,” says Egil Bremnes, sales manager at NES.

Tidewater owns and operates one of the largest fleets of offshore support vessels in the industry, with over 60 years of experience supporting offshore energy exploration and production activities worldwide.


About Norwegian Electric Systems AS

Norwegian Electric Systems is a world leading total supplier of low and zero-emission propulsion and control systems for a wide range of vessels for the global marine market:

Energy Design - knowledge about vessel operations and competence of integrating the latest available energy sources gives us the opportunity to design optimal propulsion systems. Norwegian Electric Systems designs efficient and environmentally friendly solutions, creating added value for the customers.

Smart Control - new requirements and demand for more efficient and safe operations, calls for smarter vessels. Flexible software platforms and new solutions for navigation, automation, and control – ensures safety through smart and easy operation.

We are a committed partner for safe shipping, lower emissions and added value for our customers, and our focus is to be a collaborator and a system supplier, designing optimal propulsion systems for vessels and control systems to ensure safety by smart and easy operation.