NewsPGS takes a sustainable leap with energy-efficient upgrades for eight vessels

PGS takes a sustainable leap with energy-efficient upgrades for eight vessels

Energy-Efficiency Upgrades for PGS Seismic Vessels

March 1, 2024, by Nadja Skopljak

PGS, a Norwegian seismic company, is implementing energy-efficient lighting upgrades for eight of its seismic vessels to align with sustainability goals and comply with emission reduction targets and new regulations.

Partnering with fellow Norwegian company Glamox, PGS is transitioning to energy-saving lighting solutions for its fleet. The first phase of the retrofit project involves replacing fluorescent tube lights with approximately 2,500 marine-certified LED luminaires installed both internally and externally on vessels such as the Ramform Vanguard, Atlas, Titan, Hyperion, Tethys, Victory, Sovereign, and PGS Apollo.

The LED replacements will cover various areas on the ships, including the bridge, crew quarters, corridors, gangways, stairwells, and communal spaces, as well as exterior floodlights and emergency lighting. Glamox assures that these specialized luminaires are built to withstand harsh marine conditions.

The retrofit project is scheduled to be carried out during regular operations and is anticipated to be finalized by 2025.

Olaf Brunstad, PGS’s VP Fleet Management, stated, “Switching to energy-efficient LED luminaires on these vessels could potentially reduce our lighting energy consumption by up to 60%. This initiative is part of a larger retrofit project that will continue until 2025, with the goal of outfitting each vessel with around 2,500 new luminaires. We are committed to reducing our emissions by 75% and achieving a Net Zero carbon footprint by 2050.”

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) aims for Net Zero emissions from shipping by 2050, along with a 70% reduction of GHG emissions – striving for 80% – by 2040 compared to 2008 levels.

Additionally, as of January 1, 2023, all ships are required to calculate their Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI) to measure energy efficiency and start collecting data for reporting their annual operational carbon intensity indicator (CII) and CII rating.

Separately, the EU directive on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances is phasing out the most common types of fluorescent tube lighting, prompting vessel owners to make the switch to energy-efficient LED luminaires.

Astrid Simonsen Joos, Group CEO of Glamox, commented, “The recent emission reduction targets set by the International Maritime Organization are pushing the maritime industry to adopt technologies that lessen their carbon footprint. Retrofit projects, such as the shift to energy-saving LED luminaires, are essential in meeting these goals and aligning with EU directives for energy conservation and waste elimination.”

In a strategic move, PGS completed the reflagging of its entire fleet of owned vessels to Norway by the end of 2023, citing global geopolitical considerations as a key driver for this decision.

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