Maersk´s venture company Stillstrom join forces with UK’s offshore support services vessel operator North Star in an effort to accelerate offshore charging.

Denmark-based Stillstrom, a provider of offshore charging solutions developed by Maersk Supply Service, is forming a partnership with North Star to accelerate the adoption of offshore charging and vessel electrification technologies for service operation vessels (SOVs) in the offshore wind sector.

The concept is Stillstrom to demonstrate how the company´s charging solutions can benefit the operations of North Star’s growing SOV fleet.

These solutions will enable the vessels to recharge their battery systems using wind energy while in the field.

The offshore support services vessel operator North Star which owns and operates the largest wholly UK-owned fleet engaged in the UK’s offshore industry in the North Sea, will provide valuable insights into the vessel integration operations with the charging units.

The UK is supporting several efforts to research and develop the technologies to support offshore charging.

Stillstrom, a spin-out from the A.P. Moller Maersk Group and North Star will join their forces in order to promote hybrid and full-electric vessels and charging solutions to offshore wind developers.

Kristian Borum Jørgensen, chief executive of Stillstrom, said that “by working collaboratively, we aim to demonstrate that by combining the latest advancements within offshore charging solutions and vessel electrification technologies for SOVs, we are able to significantly decarbonize offshore wind operations while also delivering a compelling business case.”

Matthew Gordon, chief executive of North Star, expressed enthusiasm for the collaboration, stating, “Working in concert with Stillstrom aligns with our commitment to minimizing the environmental impact of our operations. We look forward to working closely to explore and to implement advanced charging and electrification solutions that optimize our vessel performance while significantly reducing our carbon footprint.”