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Bibby Marine Services develops zero carbon fuel systems

Bibby Marine Services has provided further details of its WaveMaster Zero C R&D project which has just been awarded funding from the MarRI-UK collaborative initiative between British industry and academia.

Bibby’s study project will utilise the design of its award-wining WaveMaster fleet of walk2work Service Operation Vessels (SOVs), which can each accommodate up to 90 people and remain offshore for up to 30 days.

Using the WaveMaster hull design as a basis, five alternative fuel concepts will be designed; biofuel, hydrogen, ammonia, methanol, and battery power. Each concept will be scrutinised from technical, environmental, economic and legislative perspectives, with each fuel assessed to develop a roadmap for successful implementation. 

“SOVs are the vessel of choice in offshore wind farms, yet whilst new and highly innovative in their function, we now need to focus on their emissions,” commented Bibby’s Rob Osborne, innovation engineer and project manager for the WaveMaster Zero C project. “We can only do this by working with world class partners in a collaborative manner.”

“We are deeply grateful to MarRI-UK and our partner companies for this unique opportunity to deliver a roadmap to a better future,” added Bibby Marine ceo Helen Samuels.

The Bibby-led project team for WaveMaster Zero C includes: ORE Catapult,

Peel Group, Lloyd’s Register, Ricardo, Damen Shipyards, Square 5 and EFC Energy Solutions. Associated organisations, including universities, will help with concept development.


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