Rolls-Royce Upgrades Vessels with Battery Power


Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine has received an order to deliver a battery-powered energy system for six offshore vessels (PSV’s) that have been built by the yard COSCO Guangdong in China.

The energy system will use upgraded features for the Energy Storage Container System (ESSU) and the Dynamic Positioning system (DP) and the ACON control system to reduce the environmental impact of the vessels.

They will also feature a new Rolls-Royce Energy Monitoring system, which will provide a complete overview of energy usage onboard.

The six Rolls-Royce-designed vessels are from a group of eight belonging to SEACOR Marine, an operator of offshore marine support vessels, which took over the ships after a joint venture with the fourth largest container shipping company, China-based COSCO Shipping Group.

SEACOR, which has its head office in Louisiana, US, has the option to upgrade the other two vessels.

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Once the upgrades are completed, SEACOR will take full operational responsibility for the vessels and add them to its current fleet.

The vessels are of Rolls-Royce UT 771 WP design and have the characteristic Wave Piercing bow, which reduces wave resistance during rough conditions, reducing fuel consumption and increasing onboard safety.

In a press release from the company earlier in January 2018, John Gellert, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director, SEACOR, said: “Combining a proven and advanced design, best in category accommodations, and the innovative Rolls-Royce battery system, these vessels will be highly marketable across all major offshore energy regions worldwide.”

Read a technical paper by Oskar Levander, Rolls-Royce, Vice President of Innovation – Marine, on smart ships and the future of maritime intelligence

Asbjørn Skaro, Director Digital & Systems – Commercial Marine, Rolls-Royce, said: “We are looking forward to seeing these great vessels in operation and invested in for the future.

“These are advanced and modern ships, and we strongly believe that the new energy system onboard will make them stand out from the crowd in the market. They will receive an upgrade that benefits both the environment and the economic efficiency of the ships.” 

Read more: Rolls-Royce has opened a state-of-the-art research facility in Turku, Finland, to develop the technologies Rolls-Royce and its partners require to shape the future of an increasingly more autonomous global shipping industry

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