BMT’s new SATV is servicing turbines on the Formosa 1 offshore wind farm. Photo: BMT
A BMT-designed Service Accommodation and Transfer Vessel (SATV) has successfully completed sea trials for its owners (Ventus Marine) and charterers (SGRE) and has commenced servicing turbines on the Formosa 1 offshore wind farm, near Taiwan.
BMT partnered with Penguin Shipyard International for the 36m SATV, which is designed to offer operational versatility and efficiency. The hull form is based on BMT’s ModCat range, which offers improved seakeeping performance, but with a minimal resistance penalty. The improved vessel motion is also complemented by a full active ride control system.
Chris Witty, technical lead for specialised ship design at BMT, commented: “It’s fantastic to be a part of continually developing Offshore Renewables industry, particularly with such exciting projects like the SATV. The design brief really allowed us the freedom to devise the optimal configuration, from both a comfort and a workflow perspective.”
The design also boasts the third generation of BMT’s patented Active Fender System. Through substantial investment as part of their R&D program, BMT have designed this next generation of their proven Active Fender System specifically for larger vessels like the SATV to land on wind turbine generators with a significantly reduced impact load enabling the safe transfer of service technicians onto the towers.
Powered by twin MTU 16V2000 engines that are coupled with a CPP propulsion system supplied by Servogear, the SATV can optimise fuel efficiency during different modes of operation. The SATV will travel at a sprint speed of 20 knots and cruise at a speed of 16 knots, with a deadweight capacity of 75t.