Safety was the first theme of the meeting and Norwegian Forum for battery safety kicked off the meeting by presenting their vision and work. DNV GL followed up by presenting the tentative revised class rules for battery powered vessels and how safety is managed when batteries are supplying thruster power in dynamic positioning systems. The maritime sector can give their input and feedback on the class rules during spring 2015.
The Norwegian Maritime Authority presented their take on the use of batteries and sent a clear message: The NMA is open for innovative technical and operational solutions and will help the industry implement battery technology in a safe way. In addition, if the Norwegian maritime sector has an innovative solution to a safety issue, the NMA can help put the solution forward to IMO.
Later in the day battery producer Saft and battery consultants ZEM and Grenland Energy presented their products and services, as well as some of their previous projects. They gave the members an insight into what battery technology is all about .
Selfa, a ship yard specialising in smaller vessels, shared their two new vessel concepts which include batteries. One is a passenger vessel and the other is a fishing vessel. Offshore supply company, Eidesvik presented their experience with the battery pack on board the Viking Lady. The results show that there is a large potential for fuel savings on offshore supply vessels. The crew is also very happy with a more responsive vessel. Siemens shared their experiences with the battery installation on the battery ferry Ampere and several other projects. The experience with batteries on the Scandlines’ ferry Prinsesse Benedikte has led to installations on three other vessels. The Ampere will start running between Lavik and Oppedal in January 2015.
In the evening, members had time to discuss the day’s presentations and finding.