BMT wins crucial offshore wind vessel contract for the U.S. market

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BMT, a leading international design, engineering, science and risk management consultancy, has been awarded a crucial contract to design two advanced Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs) for the expanding U.S. offshore wind industry. The vessels will be deployed to service Ørsted’s Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project.

Using considerable experience in this area, BMT has designed the new 20m CTV specifically for East Coast conditions with manoeuvrability, performance and redundancy in mind whilst reaching a top speed in the region of 28 knots. The design is a fully-classed vessel ensuring the highest of build standards. Carrying 20 passengers, plus 4 crew, the first CTV will be delivered early next year and is already under construction, with the second earmarked for late 2020.

James Lewis, Project Manager for Specialised Ship Design at BMT comments, “We are hugely excited to be a part of this project. The U.S. offshore wind market is set for exponential growth and is in a unique position to benefit from the years of experience and lessons learned from wind farm operations in Europe.”

“BMT has been at the forefront of offshore wind farm service vessel designs as it has continuously worked with operators in the industry to develop vessels specific to industry requirements, introducing many game-changing innovations along the way. We intend to continue in the same vein and will be looking to evolve our designs and tailor them to the U.S. market, starting with this first vessel,” added Mr Lewis.

The endangered North Atlantic right whales have been a key driver in the design of this vessel, culminating in the smallest quad jet wind farm vessel that BMT has ever designed. The custom vessel, designed with a reduced overall length, will operate safely and harmoniously with the whale communities within the North Atlantic’s seasonal management area locations. The resulting design offers performance and specification previously more akin to larger wind farm vessels.

Providing full support, BMT are very proud to be working alongside Windserve Marine and to be at the forefront in delivering CTVs to the U.S., to best service turbines safely and efficiently.

As an additional success for BMT, John Bonafoux, Director of Business Development, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the European Commercial Marine Awards Ceremony held on site at Seawork and M&CCE Expo on 11 June.

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