By Keith Henderson at September 29, 2011 06:41
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This year’s Moanaco Boat Show introduced an unusual concept exhibit - Utopia! A collaboration between the UK companies Yacht Island Design and BMT Nigel Gee, the 328 ft (100 m) “diameter” construction gives a volume similar to that of a larger cruise ship. The main accommodation and service area are deployed over 11 decks with the top deck recreational area and swimming pools covered by a retractable canopy. The structure uses a four legged platform arrangement at the base of which is an azimuthing thruster providing slow speed propulsion. [More]

Innovative Windfarm Service Vessel Design

By Keith Henderson at June 28, 2011 07:27
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BMT Nigel Gee, UK has designed a Windfarm Service Vessel incorporating technologies to enhance the operational efficiency of the craft. It has an aluminum hull of LOA 64 ft (19.4 m), beam 23 ft (7 m) and draft of 3.2 ft (1 m). Propulsion is by twin MTU 8V2000M72 each rated at 720 kW (965 hp) and powering a Hamilton type 571 waterjet. Considerable thought has gone into the practical aspects of the vessel’s duties. Passenger and crew comfort is improved by the use of a resiliently mounted superstructure. Going bow-on to the wind turbine column is simplified using a patented Active Fender System so that a (wind) Turbine Access System (TAS) can be deployed. [More]

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