Piriou two vessel order

The Piriou WFSV 26W designed by BMT Nigel Gee The Piriou WFSV 26W designed by BMT Nigel Gee
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French boatbuilder and Seawork exhibitor Piriou has announced the order for two wind farm support vessels for the British operator Wind Energy Marine. Built by Piriou Vietnam, these two Windfarm Support Vessels WFSV 26W are expected to be delivered to Europe in spring 2018 and to be operated in the North Sea.

For Vincent Faujour, CEO of Piriou, “These two orders make us very satisfied, especially as they are the first two vessels of a very new client. Support our customers in their development projects in making them benefit from our experience of the windfarm sector is a part of our DNA.”

Andrew Bagshaw, Managing Director of Wind Energy Marine said: "We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Piriou in what we expect will be a long term collaboration. Working with Piriou allows us to utilise our joint significant expertise and knowledge of servicing the offshore wind farm construction industry. Over time we plan to grow our fleet of vessels, which will be equipped with the latest vessel management systems designed to improve safety and vessel reliability".               

With a proven design by BMT Nigel Gee, BV classed, MCA CAT 1 certified under the new HS-OSC code, the vessels offer excellent manoeuvrability, good performance (27.5kn at top speed) and low fuel consumption. They provide safe and fast transfer within a range of 150 nautical miles from a safe haven. 

To fit the requirements of offshore wind farms operators, they also include fundamental features: 
- catamaran hull optimizes stability and provides maximum comfort during operations to deploy technicians in wind-turbine operating zones 
- proven efficiency and reliability of the bow fendering facilitates access to wind turbines
- they can accommodate 24 technicians and 3 crew members
- deck space has been maximised to good working areas forward and aft, full pay load is 20 t 
- 8,5 t/m fore deck crane 
- large fuel capacity of 25 m3 for increased range and wind turbine supply
- equipment and comfort inspired by business class standards 
- side doors allow direct access from the passengers lounge outward 
- carefully designed wheelhouse ergonomics   

Main characteristics: 
Length…...………………………………….…….. 27.5m
Beam………………………………………….….… 8.0m
Maximum draught..……………………..…….…. 1.25m
Maximum speed...………………………………. 27.5kn
Propulsion………………………………..….. 2 waterjets
Hull / superstructure..…………..…….……... aluminium  
Crew………………………………….………….…. 3 
Industrial personnel………………..………….…. 24
Cargo capacity…..……………………….….…. 20t (3 x 10’ containers)
8.5 t/m fore deck crane 
Resiliently mounted superstructure
Adjustable interceptors  

By Jake Frith

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