BAR and Chartwell Marine are working together to meet the demand for larger CTVs Photo: Chartwell Marine
Chartwell Marine is partnering with naval architects BAR Technologies to help deliver the next generation of offshore wind crew transfer vessels (CTVs).
The partnership will develop new vessel designs ranging from 30m CTVs through to 60m service accommodation and transfer vessels (SATVs), making use of BAR’s foil optimisation and stabilisation system (FOSS).
The trend for building further out at sea presents new challenges such as longer journeys and rougher waters, challenges that are compounded by the drive to reduce operating costs and carbon emissions. This has led to an industry demand for larger, efficient vessels which are designed for bulk crew transfers and longer distance voyages.
BAR, with the support of Chartwell, has therefore created a 30m vessel which can reduce vertical acceleration by up to 70% in 2.5m wave heights. BAR’s FOSS technology, which helps to dampen pitch and roll, will also be an option available on new Chartwell vessels.
“With industry demand coalescing around larger vessels, there is a clear opportunity to deploy the latest technology and knowledge from other maritime sectors to deliver a new range of 30m-plus CTVs which satisfy the growing requirements of offshore wind while, crucially, meeting the latest needs in efficiency,” said Andy Page, managing director at Chartwell Marine.