Statoil extends its charter of Eidesvik PSV

Statoil has extended its charter of Eidesvik Offshore’s LNG-fuelled PSV Viking Energy by a further two years, commencing at the end of the vessel’s current charter in April 2016.

The contract has a further one-year extension option, Oslo-listed Eidesvik said in a filing today.

“The Viking Energy was the first LNG fuelled PSV in the world when it was delivered in 2003, and has been on contract for Statoil since delivery. We are very satisfied that Statoil once again has extended a contract with Eidesvik,” said the shipowner’s CEO, Jan Fredrik Meling.

The two companies have also agreed to install a battery-based energy storage system onboard the vessel, but did not give further details about the specific technology.

In May this year, Eidesvik installed an energy storage system supplied by ZEM on its LNG-fulled PSV Viking Queen. The system has a capacity of 650kWH and can supply up to 1600kW, which Eidesvik said will give fuel savings of around 18% for the vessel and will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by around 25%.

Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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