Success prompts new CTV order

Wind Force fleet gets third ship Wind Force fleet gets third ship
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Germany’s Frisia-Offshore has ordered a third multi-purpose catamaran CTV for its service fleet because, it says, the first two ships in the series have been so successful and technically reliable.

The firm said the latest ship will be 22m loa and about 8.6m wide drawing 1.8m. It is for delivery early next year from Estonia’s Baltic Workboats. The same yard also built Frisia-Offshore’s last crew and cargo transfer vessel Wind Force 11, listed by the firm as 19.4m long and 8m wide, in 2013. The first ship in the series, the 22m long and 8.3m wide Wind Force 1, was built in Germany in 2009 at Schiffswerft Diedrich.

Decisive for the design of the latest ship, said Frisia-Offshore, has been the success of the first two ships in long-term charter work. Wind Force 1 has been in daily North Sea operation since 2009 out of Norddeich to and from Germany’s first offshore wind farm ‘alpha ventus’. Wind Force 11 has served EWE between the island of Borkum and the Riffgatt wind farm.

Spokesman Robert Weerts told Maritime Journal the latest ship “would combine all the advantages” of the first two while the firm’s Menno Pidun said it was based on the same design as its sisters.

The newbuild, as yet unnamed but already being referred to by Frisia Offshore as Wind Force 111, will, like its predecessors, have two Caterpillar C32 engines each of 895kW driving fixed pitch propellers and developing 20 knots. The ship’s C4.4 marine gensets will also be from Caterpillar.

Also apparently the same as on Wind Force 1 and 11 are bows built to dock exactly with wind turbines. The earlier ships also carry a 20ft container or cargo up to 10t on the aft deck and have a deck crane able to lift 1.5t at maximum jib, making them independent of harbour facilities. Wind Force II has slight variations in its interior design.

The reason for the success of the current Wind Force ships had been their technical reliability, said Frisia-Offshore Managing Director Armin Ortmann. “Our customers demand ... high reliability and availability, which we are able to guarantee with our ships. They cannot afford to have their plants out of action for longer than usual”.

Another success factor was transport capacity. Ortmann said many CTVs now on the market carried up to a dozen service personnel while the Frisia-Offshore ships carried 24 passengers as well as cargo. The latest ship, Ortmann said, was a way of expanding the firm’s strategic engagement in CTV business while meeting a growing demand for specialist transport ships in the offshore sector. It was also an investment in the strategic expansion of the fleet, he added.

By Tom Todd

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