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Tuesday, June 11, 2019 

Chartwell Marine has been selected to design a new 65ft catamaran for service in New England, USA. The UK-based naval architect, a pioneer in next generation vessel design, has been selected to design and specify build for a low-emissions catamaran developed to meet EPA Tier 4 emission standards.

Driven by the emergence of new industries such as offshore wind, the diversity and scope of workboat operations off the US East Coast is increasing rapidly. Simultaneously, offshore wind vessel operators, public institutions and port authorities must begin to adapt to increasingly stringent emissions regulations. As these stakeholders in the US maritime market look to reduce their carbon footprints, vessel design and hybridization is becoming an increasing area of focus.

In order to provide operators with these next generation hybrid craft, however, there are a number of design challenges to overcome, requiring specialist naval architecture and design expertise.

Chartwell Marine and its partners won this design project following a competitive tender launched by a leading New England institution. The firm was selected on the basis of its industry-leading track record in developing high-performance catamarans and hull forms for the offshore wind sector, and low emission, hybrid architecture.

These design considerations will be made possible by an advanced new catamaran hull form that has been optimised via Computational Flow Dynamics (CFD) modelling, enabling maximum manoeuvrability and stability resulting in a smoother and safer ride.

“To be effective in next generation vessel design, Chartwell Marine has invested in the latest state of the art techniques in tank testing and computational fluid dynamics modelling. This is enabling us to create signature designs that will keep existing and future operators ahead of the curve when it comes to regulatory compliance and meeting evolving operational requirements.” said Andy Page, Naval Architect and Managing Director, Chartwell Marine.

“The future of vessel procurement will look quite different to its current forms today, as operators worldwide begin to respond to increasingly stringent requirements for low emission craft,” continued Page.

“With emerging industries such as offshore wind changing the landscape of maritime activity off the East Coast, the USA in particular will be a major growth market for innovative new vessels.” 

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