UK design consultancy BMT unveiled its new Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) design at the International Workboat Show in New Orleans last week.



The company says its new 32m fully hybrid propulsion vessel has a new hull design that features a Z-Bow, which offers ’superior seakeeping for the toughest conditions’.

It also has BMT’s patented Active Fender System, which enhances transfer capability in a wider range of sea states, BMT says, as well as the safety of technician transfer in challenging sea conditions, reducing the chance of impact damage to the vessel or turbine. 

”Crews and engineers’ safety and comfort are fundamental to BMT’s approach with this design,” says BMT. ”Spaces around the vessel have been carefully arranged to improve workflow. The wheelhouse has been designed to offer outstanding visibility to facilitate crew transfers. The superstructure is resiliently mounted and significantly reduces noise and vibration.”

The larger deck area also allows increased load capacity so that during wind farm construction phases the vessel can play ‘an increased role’ in supporting the larger ships.

“BMT collaborates with many industry-leading shipyards around the world, meticulously working through each area of the design,” said Jonathan Cotgreave, lead naval architect with BMT. ”Our team is a pioneer in the CTV market with more than 60 vessels currently in service in Asia, Europe and the USA. With this design we are pushing the envelope, offering a significant stepping stone towards achieving net zero.”