Seacat Services’ newbuilds to cut CO2 emissions by 30%

The UK-based company say the multi-hull design of its new crew transfer vessels (CTVs) will reduce emissions of CO2 by up to 600 tonnes per year if working on a 12-hour.

Designed by naval architects BAR Technologies, in partnership with Chartwell Marine, the new CTVs – Seacat Columbia and Seacat Cambria – feature a highly optimised multi-hull design, working alongside BAR Technologies’ patented Foil Optimised Stability System (FOSS). 

According to Seacat Services, the vessels will consequently be among the first true Low Emission Vehicles (LEVs) servicing the offshore wind market, with total emissions 30% lower than conventional CTV designs.

Ian Baylis, Managing Director, Seacat Services, said: ‘After reviewing the latest options on the market, the BARTech 30 is the first one that has met and exceeded all of our requirements, embracing efficiency gains through design, instead of relying exclusively on hybrid propulsion.

‘Adding this vessel to our existing fleet of OESVs is a simple, effective way to get ahead on emissions reduction without interrupting our current work scope.’

John Cooper, CEO at BAR Technologies, added: ‘The OEMs have consistently told us they want to reduce emissions in the supply chain, so we are proud to be delivering to brief.’

The BARTech 30 design has recently been awarded approval in principle (AiP) from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).

Seacat Services, which operates a fleet of IACS classified multi-purpose offshore energy support vessels, expects construction of the first vessel to be completed by Q1 2022.

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry