Water Jets Bring Safety for Offshore Wind

By Eric Haun at March 07, 2014 11:32
Filed Under: Offshore, Workboats
Rolls-Royce said today in a press announcement that it will supply water jets for three wind farm support vessels, (one 24-meter and two 26-meter aluminum catamarans) to be built by South Boats IOW for the offshore wind transfer vessel operator Seacat Services.Rolls-Royce labeled the contract as “one of the biggest orders made for wind farm workboats,” and all three newbuilds will feature two Rolls-Royce 56A3 stainless steel water jets as well as Rolls-Royce’s new compact control system tailored to suit owners’ requirements and reduce build/installation times.The new wind farm workboats will include MTU 12V 2000 engines which will power the catamarans to speeds of up to 30 knots. Once in operation, the catamarans will be used for people and cargo transfers to the growing number of offshore wind farms around the coast of Europe.When factoring the water jets’ properties into the vessels’ overall design, the propulsion system contributes a safety elemen... [More]

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]

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