Shift Clean Energy, Aluminium Marine Consultants, and Ecomar Propulsion have joined forces to develop a retrofit package to electrify and transform existing crew transfer vessels (CTVs) and workboats in the U.K. into eco-friendly marine vessels.
The partnership aims to create “plug and play” solutions using Shift’s advanced energy storage systems (ESS), Aluminium Marine Consultants’ shipyard capabilities, and Ecomar Propulsion’s innovative propulsion systems. These solutions are expected to lower emissions, reduce costs, and enhance overall performance.
“This collaboration reflects our deep commitment to powering the transition to green energy in the marine industry,” Paul Hughes, President of Shift, said.
The proposed solutions include the complete retrofitting and modernization of the CTVs and workboats, with the goal of achieving low and zero-emission operations through the use of high-performance energy storage systems for hybridization or full electrification. The partnership also intends to carry out interior renovations, incorporating sustainable seats and furniture from KPM Marine to enhance the vessels’ overall sustainability.
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Aluminium Marine Consultants, known for building a significant portion of the UK’s CTV fleets, will lead the retrofit and refurbishment process.
Through this collaboration, the companies aim to lead the way in sustainable transportation and contribute to the global fight against climate change.
“Our goal is for 100 percent zero carbon wind farm operations whist being realistic that existing vessel should not be scrapped but adapted until such time as we can replace the fleets with new vessels,” said Rob Stewart, Commercial Director of Aluminium Marine Consultants. “By re-powering and re-using existing CTV’s we seek to lower the carbon footprint of the maritime industry and pave the way for a more sustainable future.”
Shift Clean is a Canada-based energy storage solutions provider, Aluminium Marine Consultants is a U.K.-based manufacturer of aluminum workboats, while Ecomar Propulsion is a zero-emission marine propulsion systems developer headquartered in the U.K.