A Strategic WFSV arrival in Europe

Design guidelines for the new catamarans meet the challenges for enhanced operations in all manner of sea conditions Design guidelines for the new catamarans meet the challenges for enhanced operations in all manner of sea conditions

Western Australian shipbuilder Strategic Marine has launched the first of eight offshore wind farm crew transfer and support vessels it has been contracted to deliver into the European market.

The 21m multi-purpose vessel was built at the company's recently expanded Singapore shipyard for Madliena Shipping (Jersey) Ltd and will be managed by Njord Offshore Limited, a subsidiary of Norse Management UK. The catamaran was built to design by Strategic Marine business partner BMT Nigel Gee.

Strategic Marine's business development manager, Paul Liddington, said: "The launch of the first vessel is another Strategic Marine business milestone, demonstrating our company’s ability to apply its ship building expertise to a new market sector. "We have a vast amount of experience in building boats for the offshore oil and gas sector, which we have drawn on to provide custom designed, cost effective vessels to meet the needs of the offshore wind farm industry.

"Utilising key partners like BMT for design, construction and system engineering, the product will set another new benchmark in the wind farm market. The outstanding quality of the vessel produced by the Singapore yard once again demonstrates that you can get real value for money by building in Asia.”.

BMT Nigel Gee technical director Ed Dudson, said the design guidelines for the new catamarans meet the challenges for enhanced operations in all manner of sea conditions. "BMT’s design is based on a well proven hull form that encompasses excellent fuel economy as well as superior sea keeping," he added.

Strategic Marine’s executive director, Ron F Anderson, said the company had established a sales and service agreement network in Europe to support ship repairs and through life support services, adding,  "Strategic Marine has made a long term commitment to the European offshore wind market to ensure the vessels we build have a long, successful life after they have been delivered.”.

The offshore wind farm crew transfer and support vessels are built to DNV Class Rules - +IAI HSLC R2 Wind Farm Service 1. Each vessel will be powered by twin MTU 8V2000M72 engines and be capable of speeds up to 26 knots. The vessels have been designed for crew comfort, with multimedia and entertainment capacity, showers with hot water, a full galley and a combination oven.

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