BAR Tech’s new CTV promises a 70% increase in vessel stability and 30% reduction of emissions

BAR Technologies has officially launched crew transfer vessel Seacat Columbia after completing sea trials earlier this month.

Seacat Columbia launch

From left: BAR Technologies chairman Martin Whitmarsh; Chartwell Marine naval architect Andy Page; BAR Tech CTO Simon Schofield; Seacat Services founder Ian Baylis; BARTech CEO John Cooper; Diverse Marine director Ben Colman

Courtesy: Maritime Filming UK

The vessel was design with two priories in mind - addressing vessel efficiency by reducing emissions, and improving comfort for crew to avoid sea-sickness and therefore downtime during projects.

Seacat Columbia, whose design had input from Chartwell Marine, has active foiling systems to correct for pitch and roll, and with its minimised motion it also burns less fuel.

“Additionally, with the vessel able to operate in more challenging conditions than the current catamaran designs, offshore wind turbines may be serviced over a greater number of sea states, ensuring wind farm owners have more opportunities to better and more cost effectively provide turbine maintenance,” says BAR Tech.

Read Jake Frith’s conclusion on the Seacat Columbia here.