BMT Gains Foothold in US Offshore Wind - 3

BMT Gains Foothold in US Offshore Wind

We have been awarded a crucial contract to design two advanced Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs) for the expanding U.S. offshore wind industry. The vessels will be deployed to service Ørsted’s Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project.

4 June 2019

Commercial Maritime

Using considerable experience in this area, BMT has designed the new 20m CTV specifically for East Coast conditions with manoeuvrability, performance and redundancy in mind whilst reaching a top speed in the region of 28 knots. The design is a fully-classed vessel ensuring the highest of build standards. Carrying 20 passengers, plus four crew, the first CTV will be delivered early next year and is already under construction, with the second earmarked for late 2020.

James Lewis, Project Manager for Specialised Ship Design at BMT, comments,

“We are hugely excited to be a part of this project. The U.S. offshore wind market is set for exponential growth and is in a unique position to benefit from the years of experience and lessons learned from wind farm operations in Europe.”
“BMT has been at the forefront of offshore windfarm service boat designs as it has continuously worked with operators in the industry to develop vessels specific to industry requirements, introducing many game-changing innovations along the way. We intend to continue in the same vein and will be looking to evolve our designs and tailor them to the U.S. market, starting with this first vessel."

The endangered North Atlantic right whales have been a critical driver in the design of this vessel, culminating in the smallest quad-jet windfarm ship that BMT has ever designed. Because of its reduced overall length, the custom vessel will operate safely and harmoniously with the whale communities within the North Atlantic’s seasonal management area locations. The resulting design offers performance and specification previously more akin to larger windfarm vessels.

Providing full support, BMT is very proud to be working alongside Windserve Marine and to be at the forefront in delivering CTVs to the U.S. to best service turbines safely and efficiently.

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