BMT Group Ltd (BMT), the international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has been awarded a contract to design three Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs) which will operate at the East Coast Offshore Wind Farms the United States.
The 27-meter CTVs will feature a lightweight Z-hull shape to improve seakeeping characteristics and deliver very high efficiency that will reduce emissions, the company said.
The CTVs will use a “proven last generation” AFS (Active Fender System), designed and customized by BMT, to facilitate monopile and conventional landing tube transfers. The AFS, placed on the bow of the vessels, functions as a suspension system that reduces impact loads and dampens initial engagements with turbine power.
Powered by a Volvo IPS 900 quad, the vessels will be able to deliver speed performance of up to 26 knots, combined with a bollard thrust of over 15 tonnes, the company claims.
According to BMT, the vessels have also been designed to maximize crew and passenger comfort with a layout offering space for 24 technicians.
The ships were also designed to transport and deliver cargo, with a large foredeck area to accommodate large volumes of cargo.
The three CTVs will be built by Senesco, in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
In May 2019, BMT was awarded a contract to design two CTVs to be deployed for Windserve Marine to service the Virginia Coastal Offshore Wind Project in the United States.
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