Subsea 7 and Eidesvik Offshore has been presented with the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Environmental Sustainability Award for 2019 in recognition of its efforts to reduce vessel emissions and improve energy efficiency.
In January 2019, Seven Viking was successfully converted from a conventional to a hybrid vessel as part of its long-term Inspection, Repair and Maintenance (IRM) services contract with Equinor in Norway.
The conversion, which involves the installation of a battery system and land-based power supply, delivers a range of benefits including significant fuel savings, emission reductions from ship operations, reduced maintenance costs on diesel engines and increased flexibility in the use of Power Generation plants. Additional benefits include improved dynamic positioning capability performance, shore power connections for energy supply whilst quayside, and innovative features such as the ability to regenerate power from project equipment and to charge autonomous ROVs in the field.
Robin Mawhinney, i-Tech 7’s region director for Europe, Africa and Canada, said: “Since its launch in 2013, Seven Viking has been an innovative and successful IRM vessel. We are delighted with the success of this conversion and see it as a promising step towards improving the environmental footprint of this vessel.”
Environmental sustainability is one of two key strategic themes for IMCA and the IMCA Environmental Sustainability Award recognises the best environmental sustainability initiatives developed by IMCA members during the last two years.
Named Nor-Shipping’s “Ship of the Year” in 2013, Seven Viking is a harsh environment IRM vessel with a crew capacity of 90 and special features such as an enclosed module handling system, scale squeeze system and an ROV hangar. The vessel, which is co-owned by Subsea 7 and Eidesvik Offshore, previously worked for Equinor on a five-year contract and started a new five-year contract with Equinor in January 2019, through i-Tech 7, Subsea 7’s Life of Field business unit.