Incat Crowther has been contracted to supply two hybrid catamaran crew transfer vessels (CTVs) that will transport technicians and equipment to the offshore wind farm Hornsea 2 in the North Sea.
The CTVs, which will be operating under contract with Ørsted, are designed in conjunction with Danish shipping company MHO-Co. According to Incat Crowther, they will ‘use modern electric motors to save on weight, space and emissions for the benefit of the environment as well as fuel economy in the offshore wind industry’.
Incat Crowther added: ‘Reductions in emissions will be seen across a range of operating modes, including a zero-emission mode. The newly developed hybrid propulsion packages are designed in a way which enables them to be adapted at a later state to future eco-friendly power generation technologies such as hydrogen.’
The vessels’ propulsion systems will be installed by Danfoss’ Editron.
Under construction at AFAI Southern Shipyard, the vessels will enter service in mid-2021.