Bibby Marine, Gondan to Build Electric Commissioning Service Operation Vessel


Bibby Marine has signed a contract to build a zero-emission, electric commissioning service operation vessel (eCSOV) with Gondan.

The vessel is set to be built in Gondan’s Asturias shipyard in Spain and is scheduled to be delivered in 2026. 

The eCSOV, designed in collaboration with U.K.-based ship designers Longitude, will feature a battery system complemented by dual-fuel methanol engines for emissions-free operations.  The vessel is slated to be equipped with mission equipment, an insulated warehouse and climate controlled electrical store. 

To facilitate zero-emission operations, the vessel will also have high-voltage offshore charging facilities and can operate solely on battery power for 16 hours between charging cycles, says the company.

“This is an exciting next step for our project, and we are delighted to have found a partner in Gondan Shipbuilders, who will bring our clean vision to life,” says Nigel Quinn, CEO of Bibby Marine. 

“Gondan’s 100 year-experience of building ships and more recent experience of building ships to suit a low / no carbon future, aligns closely with our own history and vision, which meant it stood out as a yard to help us deliver our eCSOV.”

This project is part of the Zero Emission Vessels and Infrastructure scheme, funded by the U.K. Department for Transport and delivered by Innovate U.K.

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