BMT, a design, engineering, science and risk management consultancy based out of the U.K., has been awarded a new contract to design two crew transfer vessels (CTVs) for WindServe Marine for the U.S. offshore wind market.
Specifically, these vessels, able to reach a top speed of 28 knots, will be deployed to service Ørsted’s Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project. Ørsted recently awarded a contract to WindServe Marine to construct the vessels.
BMT has designed the new 20-meter CTV for East Coast conditions, with maneuverability, performance and redundancy in mind, says the company, which expects to deliver the first CTV early next year. The second is earmarked for late 2020.
“We are hugely excited to be a part of this project,” comments James Lewis, project manager for specialized ship design at BMT. “The U.S. offshore wind market is set for exponential growth and is in a unique position to benefit from the years of experience and lessons learned from wind farm operations in Europe.”
The company points out it has kept the endangered North Atlantic right whale in mind for the design of the vessel, which is the smallest quad-jet wind farm vessel that BMT has designed to date.