A Dutch vessel operator claims its new multicat due to hit the water in summer 2021 will be ‘the most sustainable workboat in the market’.
The 36m Acta Marine vessel, to be named Coastal Crown and currently under construction at Bijlsma Wartena shipyard in The Netherlands will be an ultra-shallow draft Multicat-type, equipped with Tier III engines to lower NOx emissions by 73%. She will also be equipped with a 300kWh battery-hybrid pack for both propulsion and the ship’s accommodation, resulting in up to 15% reduction on fuel and CO2 emissions.
With this new vessel, Acta Marine will be able to support its clients to include more sustainable workboat solutions in commercial offerings and projects. This is relevant in both the offshore renewables market and for coastal infrastructure construction projects. ”Sustainability criteria are increasingly becoming part of the offshore marine value chain. With our new Coastal Crown we are taking a big step in offering our clients marine services, such as anchor handling, route clearance, cable burial, wire laying and dredging support with substantially reduced emissions “says Managing Director Govert Jan van Oord. “As a company that is in business for the long term, stewardship is in our DNA and this investment emphasizes our commitment to reduce our emissions and create a more sustainable future.”
Tjeerd-Wiebe Bijlsma, Managing Director of shipyard Bijlsma Wartena says: “We are very pleased that Acta Marine returned to Bijlsma Wartena for this newbuilding workboat, after having delivered other newbuilt vessels in the past decade. The excellent cooperation between both companies, and with our key suppliers, enables the innovative Coastal Crown to be designed and built at the highest industry standards.”
Equipped with DP2, accommodation for 19 persons, 30 tons bollard pull and an operating draft of less than 2.0 metres, Acta Marine says Coastal Crown will be ‘a future proof asset on the international workboat market’. The investment is being supported by a Sustainable Shipbuilding Subsidy from the Netherlands’ government.
By Jake Frith