UK-based High Speed Transfers has ordered a crew transfer vessel (CTV) with hybrid propulsion in the form of an electric motor alongside a diesel engine, driving a high-performance controllable pitch propeller (CPP) system
The CTV will be built by Diverse Marine on the Isle of Wight on the south coast of the UK and is a Chartwell 24 design.
The hybrid Chartwell 24 is the product of research and development and dialogue between the owner, designer and shipyard, taking into account the requirements of windfarm owners and the offshore wind supply chain.
At low speeds, the combination of the electric motor, diesels and CPPs will allow for silent, zero-emissions operation, enabling the vessel to comply with port air quality requirements.
At transit speeds, it is able to perform capably and efficiently while ensuring the comfort of technicians. The hullform ensures that the vessel will have a high bollard. Its bow height is designed to ensure safe transfers.
The design also provides enhanced foredeck capacity and wheelhouse visibility, which enhance navigation.
High Speed Transfers chief executive Tom Nevin said, “We need to continue investing in our fleet in order to address unique demands, opportunities and emerging requirements.
“With the addition of this highly capable hybrid vessel, we are confident that we can continue supporting technical innovation in important areas like emissions reduction, while adding significant value for our customers.”
View our recent Offshore Wind Week Webinars in our webinar library