World's Largest Windfarm to be Serviced by 'Leggo' Workboats

By George Backwell at October 28, 2011 23:28
Filed Under: General
U.K. offshore wind farm ‘London Array’ will be the world’s largest when its 175 wind turbines, each around 147 m tall, start feeding their 630 MW (via two offshore sub-stations) into the national grid by the end of next year. Part of a fleet of work boats servicing this wet-footed generating station located in the waters of the outer River Thames estuary will be from Brightlingsea based builder CTruk Boats who recently announced the delivery of the first of three multi-purpose catamaran work boats contracted by windfarm project leaders Siemens. This first boat, CWind Alliance was delivered last week to skipper/owner Andy Harman in home port Ramsgate and features an innovative ‘flexible pod’ construction, an entry shortlisted in the Sea Work 2011 ‘Innovation Showcase’ international competition’. CWind Alliance: Photo courtesy of CTruk Boats ‘Leggo’ Flexible Pod ConstructionBen Simpson, Managing Director of CTruk Boats expla... [More]

High Speed Logistics & Personnel Carrier Named for U.S. MSC

By George Backwell at September 23, 2011 23:21
Filed Under: Navy News
The first high speed fleet support vessel to be directly owned and operated by  U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC) was christened last Saturday in the traditional manner and named USNS Spearhead at the Austal builder’s yard in Mobile, Alabama, according to MSC news release. USNS Spearhead: Official US Government photgraph The Navy evaluated the usefulness of commercial high-speed ferries for logistical and personnel deployment for some ten years with the chartered fast catamarans Westpac Express and HSV-Swift according to an NDIA article online  ‘Commercial Ferries Paving Way for Joint High Speed Vessel’ before deciding to place orders with Austal USA for five Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV’s) of this type (with an option for five more); a choice enthusiastically endorsed by people who had served aboard them on military and humanitarian missions. An Austal High-speed Catamaran Ferry: Courtesy of Austal Inc. USA Capabilites of the USNS Spearhea... [More]

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