Atlantic Towing orders battery hybrid PSV

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Atlanic Harrier

Canada’s Atlantic Towing Limited, part of the J.D. Irving group, is to add a state of the art Havyard 833 WE platform supply vessel to its fleet — and likely at a bargain price.

The company said today that it had entered into a contract for the vessel with Norway’s Havyard Ship Technology, with delivery set for April 2020.

The vessel was originally ordered from Havyard back in 2014 by Iceland’s Fafnir Offshore. That deal went sour and in January 2017 Havyard announced that it had canceled the contract with Fafnir. Earlier this month it disclosed that it had entered into a new shipbuilding contract with a foreign customer for completion and delivery of the vessel.

Havyard noted, “net profit for the project is calculated to be low.”

Be that as it may the vessel will now be delivered as the Atlantic Harrier and is an 89.7 meter vessel with a 1,002 square meter deck area, significant cargo tankage, and accommodations for 54 people.

With an Ice Class 1B notation, the PSV is designed to withstand the harsh operating conditions of both the North Atlantic and the North Sea.


“This is an exciting next step in Atlantic Towing’s strategy to grow and continue meeting current and future demands of customers,” says Gilles Gagnon, General Manager and Vice President of Atlantic Towing Limited. “The Atlantic Harrier’s large cargo capacities, fuel efficiency and low emissions position it as a best-in-class PSV.”

Equipped with a hybrid battery-diesel-electric propulsion package, state of the art contra-rotating propulsion drives, Clean Design notation, and Tier III low emission engines, the Atlantic Harrier will leverage 650 kW of installed battery power to fully optimize vessel operating modes to significantly reduce fuel consumption during transit, DP-2 and standby activities.

“This new vessel allows us to expand our offshore capability and delivers a leading-edge design that continues to accelerate the digitization of our fleet, reduces our carbon footprint and helps our customers optimize their supply chain efficiency,” says Wayne Power, Group Vice President of J.D Irving’s Transportation and Logistics Division.

Detailed specifications of the Atlantic Harrier are as follows:

  • Length x Breadth: 89.7 m x 19.6 m
  • Deadweight: 4,250 mt
  • Free Deck: 1,002 sq.m
  • Propulsion: Diesel-Electric with Battery Power (650 kW)
  • Equipped for Ice Management
  • Oil Recovery and NOFO Class Notation
  • Installed Power: 7,220 bkW
  • Accommodations: 54 Persons
  • Ice Class: 1B
  • Firefighting Class: 1
  • Atlantic Canadian Standby Compliant

Headquartered in Saint John, New Brunswick, Atlantic Towing Limited specializes in the provision of marine services that include port and terminal tug services, coastal towing, and offshore oil and gas exploration and production support.

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