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Tuesday, September 25, 2018 

Chartwell Marine has unveiled new crew transfer vessel (CTV) design for the international offshore wind markets. The Chartwell 24 catamaran has been developed in conjunction with CTV operators, wind farm owners and turbine manufacturers, responding directly to lessons learnt in the construction and long-term operations & maintenance (O&M) phases of European projects.

While the optimum composition of an offshore wind fleet remains a topic of debate, CTVs continue to play a critical role throughout development and operations. This role has evolved in line with the increasing demands of supporting large-scale deep-water wind farms, encompassing not only the safe, comfortable and expedient transfer of technicians to and from the turbines, but also a wide range of essential logistical support activities that keep a project running on schedule.

The Chartwell 24 is capable of carrying 24 industrial personnel alongside 3-6 crew. The design also boasts the largest CTV foredeck in the market, enhancing cargo capacity. With four engines – and options for hybrid propulsion – the vessel enables power sharing, enhancing efficiency and adding redundancy to maximise vessel reliability and availability.

Introducing a number of safety related innovations, including a step-free deck that almost entirely eliminates trip hazards, the vessel features purpose designed walkways with handrails and sliding safety rails positioned for safe, effective and repeatable crew transfer. From an operational perspective, skippers benefit from full all-round visibility, uncompromised by deck cargo.

“With the Chartwell 24, we’re responding directly to tried and tested vessel support approaches adopted throughout Europe, taking and building upon the best of proven designs and equipping international operators and wind farm owners with a boat that is built for purpose, and meets their needs from day one,” said Andy Page, Managing Director, Chartwell Marine.

“For crews and wind farm technicians, that will translate into a high degree of safety, comfort and operational familiarity. For CTV operators and project owners, that will result in incremental gains in efficiency, availability and reliability that ultimately improve the way offshore wind farms are constructed and operated.”

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