The event started at the Kongsberg Evotec offices in Ulsteinvik where Tore Larsen from DNV
GL spoke about the optimal vessel lay-up and recommissioning procedures, followed by
Martin Skåravik from ACEL AS. Martin informed about the potential challenges and dangers
for electronics when in cold lay-up, he also spoke about battery hybrid systems and the
advantages of having such systems installed.
After the presentations and a meal, a bus took us to Island Offshore premises where we
went on board the platform supply vessel “Island Duchess” and heard about the market
situation, lay-up strategy and their view on the future of the fleet.
We learned that there are some significant dangers with laying a vessel in completely cold
lay-up, as moisture can intrude and destroy electronics and that generators should run
periodically to keep them lubricated. We therefore see that most vessels are in “semi-cold
lay-up” where they are looked after and connected to shore power to regulate the indoor
climate, temperature and air-moisture to avoid electronics failure.
Overall a relevant event with interesting and well delivered talks that gave us an insight in
the situation of the offshore service sector.