ABB hybrid power for live fish carrier


Færøysund live fish carrier Photo: ABBFærøysund live fish carrier Photo: ABB



A Færøysund live fish carrier will become the first of its kind to feature ABB hybrid power and propulsion solution with integral energy storage.

The 77m diesel-electric vessel is being built at the Aas Mek. Verksted shipyard in Vestnes, Norway, for Nova Sea Service, one of Norway’s largest producers of Atlantic farmed salmon. Due for delivery in September 2021, Færøysund is Aas Mek. Verksted’s second newbuild for Nova Sea Service.

“We are very proud of the innovation behind this project and our role in supporting Nova Sea’s mission to deliver fresher, tastier products from farm to plate,” said Halvard Aas, Aas Mek. Verksted. “Consumers are increasingly aware of the need for sustainability in the transport chain and our collaboration with ABB has resulted in a power plant solution for Færøysund that supports live fish transport while also minimising carbon footprint.”

Onboard batteries will enable ‘peak shaving’ when the ship is operating at high loads, optimising energy management and reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Stored energy will also be critical for fish life support, acting as a reserve in the event of power outage or blackout.

ABB’s scope of supply includes an electric, digital and connected propulsion package comprised of two ACS880 drives and two permanent magnet motors, the energy storage system including a battery pack, low voltage switchboards, and a power energy management system. ABB is also overseeing all systems engineering, project management and commissioning, and will offer a full range of remote diagnostic services.

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