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New Bureau Veritas rules support hybrid power and energy storage systems

July 5, 2017

With a growing number of hybrid vessels entering service, Bureau Veritas has consolidated its experience in the field with a new series of notations and rules addressing the requirements of energy storage systems (ESS) to support ship operators in reducing emissions.
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, July 5, 2017 – Bureau Veritas has issued a new chapter in its rules providing a framework for electric and hybrid power solutions. The new class notations include power management (PM), power back-up (PB) and zero emission (ZE) standards.
It is expected that the notations will encourage wider uptake of energy storage systems (ESS) to provide both operational and environmental benefits.
Martial Claudepierre, Business Development Manager, Bureau Veritas, said, “Industry uptake of hybrid and battery technology has been driven by environmental regulation. But owners are also finding performance benefits and, for some operations, significant financial benefits seem likely – particularly as the availability of renewable energy increases.”
Innovation has been led by the cruise and ferry sector, but wider adoption is being anticipated says Claudepierre. Electric power provided by an ESS can be used when a ship is in port, during manoeuvring or alongside, to reduce or eliminate local air emissions when in proximity to centres of population or in emission control areas (ECAs). Importantly, ESS can also provide peak shaving, power smoothing and power for DP (dynamic positioning) operations, providing operators with flexible efficiency in meeting operational requirements.
“Obvious candidates for ESS are cruise ships with high hotel loads when in port, ferries with regular port visits and tugs with heavy peak load requirements. Ships with relatively short voyages making regular port calls could plug into local power enabling access to electricity from renewable energy sources as well.”
Seaspan’s two new ferries delivered this year also broke new ground by combining LNG propulsion with ESS. “We will see more of these hybrid solutions ordered and our new rules and notations will help ensure that these systems can be designed and operated safely and efficiently”, says Claudepierre.


Image caption: Martial Claudepierre, Business Development Manager, Bureau Veritas with Seaspan’s Harly Penner in front of the battery banks on board Seaspan Swift in Vancouver last week.

Image caption: Seaspan Swift, first hybrid LNG fuelled and battery powered vessel in service (Image Courtesy of Seaspan)

About Bureau Veritas
Bureau Veritas is a world leader in laboratory testing, inspection and certification services. Created in 1828, the Group has more than 69,000 employees in around 1,400 offices and laboratories located all across the globe. Bureau Veritas helps its clients to improve their performance by offering services and innovative solutions in order to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructure and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility. Bureau Veritas is listed on Euronext Paris and belongs to the Next 20 index.
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Nicholas Brown, Communications Director
Bureau Veritas
t: + 33 (0) 6 04 91 72 41
Capucine Rios, Communications & Events Manager
Bureau Veritas
t: +33 (0) 6 30 47 09 81

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