Battery technology offers important environmental sustainability potential for dynamically positioned (DP) offshore construction vessels, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has said. Hybrid power arrangements have been adopted by several of its members, the association commented, with "very positive feedback" in terms of both carbon reduction and economic benefit. IMCA's DP Committee is currently addressing best practice for incorporating battery technology into the existing power arrangements of DP ships and the association sees significant potential in adopting such systems in the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors.
"The goal of this programme is to establish best operational practice to enable new hybrid power technologies to be interfaced with existing ship technologies in a safe and efficient manner," said Captain Andy Goldsmith, IMCA's technical advisor, Marine. "The need for decarbonisation and lower cost strategies are well understood and as these technologies become more mainstream, they will make a strong contribution to our industry."