Bakkafrost and MEST Shipyard have signed a contract to construct a fully electric workboat.
The workboat, scheduled for delivery in December 2021, is solely based on electric power from batteries and will be charged using a ‘green’ power system provided by Faroese energy company SEV.
Regin Jacobsen, chief executive at Bakkafrost, said the company has a goal to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. “We continuously set ourselves ambitious goals regarding our environmental impact, and thus we are continuously looking for visionary projects that contribute to the green transition,” he said.
“With this project we hope to inspire and provide important knowledge to the industry. Ships and boats play an important role in the Faroe Islands, and it is also in this sector that we find the biggest potential to reduce the overall Faroese GHG-emissions. We hope that this project will inspire the industry to begin the green transition of the maritime sector,” he added.
The project to build a fully electric workboat has been facilitated by the Faroese presidency in the Nordic Council of Ministers and is part of a larger project which aims to find solutions that use the production of energy in remote areas in a more sustainable way.