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Bibby Marine and consortium partners are calling for expressions of interest from the DT Hub community to help with digital twinning and AI technologies as it begins work on the world’s first zero-emission electric Service Operation Vessel (eSOV).

The project team is looking for knowledge and expertise in digital twin technology to be applied in pre- and post-build vessel design. This may be adapted from other industries (automotive/aerospace) to suit the marine industry. Through digital twinning and AI, it aims to make the eSOV more efficient and sustainable, with real-time data creating a clearer picture of the ship’s impact – both on its operations and the world we live in. The eSOV, with a powerful battery system and dual fuel methanol engines for back up, along with associated shore-charging facilities, will showcase leadership in UK content and design, deliver emission and cost savings. The project is the first of its kind and a huge step towards achieving the marine industry’s net-zero ambitions. Bibby Marine CEO, Nigel Quinn said: “Designed in the UK, the vessel will be a game changer for our industry – supporting its ambitions to turn the UK into the world’s number one centre for green technology, create jobs and accelerate our path to net zero, by harnessing the best of British technologies. The vessel also offers the opportunity for customers to increase local content and will shine a light on UK innovation.” The project is led by Bibby Marine with collaborators the Port of Aberdeen, Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, Kongsberg, DNV, Shell and Liverpool John Moores University.

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