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Construction of world's biggest battery-powered fishing vessel under way

06 Sep 2017 12:35 GMT

Diesel-electric battery hybrid is said to reduce fuel consumption by 25 percent.



Moen Marin AS is building what is set to be the world's largest fishing vessel to use batteries for propulsion. The diesel-electric battery hybrid is said to reduce fuel consumption by 25 percent and cut annual CO2 emissions by 200 tonnes.

With a length of 21 meters, the BN 200 newbuild is being constructed in Croatia for fellow Norwegian company Hans Angelsen og Sonner AS.

The vessel, named MS Angelsen Senior, is expected to be completed in 2018, Moen Marin told Bunker Index on Wednesday.

"Cooperation with the shipping company has been an important prerequisite for the development of the diesel-electric battery hybrid," remarked Torfinn Hansvik, Technical Manager at Moen Marin. "They are motivated to think in a new and innovative way, and to save the environment and reduce operating costs."

According to Hansvik, the fishing sector has a great potential for the use of battery solutions because diesel engines have poor efficiency at low speeds. Therefore, boats can be built to operate on diesel-electric power when operating at low speeds and run on clean battery operation for around a couple of hours.

Also, the batteries can be charged while the vessel is operating offshore and when it is docked.

Currently, there is only one battery hybrid vessel operating in the fishing sector - the 11-metre-long Karoline, which was launched in 2015.

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US-headquartered financing firm Enova has contributed NOK 2.7 million ($350,000) to the development of the new battery hybrid.

Commenting on the project, Ole Aksel Sivertsen, Marketing Manager at Enova, noted: "We want to contribute to the development and application of new technology that reduces greenhouse gas emissions at sea. By delivering the boat up to expectations, we think many will follow."

Sivertsen believes Moen Marin's BN 200 will become an important vessel which will introduce electrical operations to other parts of the fishing industry.

"Fishing boats have greater limitations related to space on board and equipment weight. That the solutions now are good enough for them to be used by fishermen also shows that the battery revolution at sea continues," Sivertsen added.

Elmarin technology and noise reduction

For the development of the propulsion system, ship equipment specialist Elmarin played an important part, providing the complete battery hybrid propulsion systems, including boards, frequency converter battery packs and control systems.

Whilst the reduction of overall energy consumption has been a key focus for Moen Marin, so has noise reduction.

"There has also been a motivation for us to reduce noise on board. The boat will go on batteries when we fish... and remain stationary in the field. This, we think will be unbelievably good," explained owner Oystein Angelsen.

Key information about the BN 200

Length: 20.99m
Width: 9m
Fishing area: Deep sea fishing II
Speed: Approx. 10 knots
Crew: 8
Cargo space: approx. 150 cbm
Battery hybrid propulsion system: Elmarin AS
Generators: 2 pcs. Scania DI 13 - total 1000 hp / 850 kW
Main engines: 2 pcs. Asynkron - 2 x 325 kW
Gives: Heimdal - Twin input
Propell: Helseth FP
Battery: Corvus - 270 kWh
Side propeller: MBH - 250 hp
Cranes: Triplex KN 10 and TMP 900 K

Image: The Angelsen Senior is set to be the world's largest fishing vessel to use batteries for propulsion when it is completed in 2018.




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