Rhode Island-based Atlantic Wind Transfers has been awarded a contract by Dominion Energy in the US to provide a crew transfer vessel for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind demonstration project, the first offshore windfarm in US federal waters
A crew transfer vessel (CTV) the company has under construction at Blount Boats will fulfil the contract, which will see it provide crew transfer services for the Siemens Gamesa offshore wind turbines to be installed on the project.
Atlantic Wind Transfers was selected by Dominion Energy through a competitive bid process. The company said it solidifies the company’s role as a leader in CTV services on the US east coast. The vessel will be based in Virginia’s Hampton Roads region.
Atlantic Wind Transfers president Charles A Donadio told OWJ, “The contract is to initially support the two turbines currently being installed for the CVOW demonstration project. This will be our second CTV. It is currently under construction and due to be commissioned later this autumn.” The company also has plans to build another CTV at Blount Boats.
Atlantic Wind Transfers was the first CTV owner/operator in the US, operating Atlantic Pioneer, which was built in 2016, originally under a contract with Deepwater Wind for the installation and operations and maintenance of five 6-MW turbines off Block Island, Rhode Island.
Atlantic Pioneer currently has a long-term contract with Ørsted providing offshore marine support services for the Block Island windfarm, transporting GE technicians and cargo along with Ørsted personnel year-round.
Mr Donadio described the Chartwell 24 CTV as a “next-generation Jones Act-compliant CTV design that meets all US Coast Guard regulations and certifications to operate up to 150 miles offshore.”
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