Turbine Transfers engages BMT Nigel Gee to design windfarm support vesselVessel & ROV News // October 18, 2010
BMT Nigel Gee's design for Turbine Transfers.
Turbine Transfers Ltd, one of the leading providers of support vessels to the offshore windfarm industry in the UK, has chosen BMT Nigel Gee Ltd as the designers of its new series of multi-purpose Windfarm Support Vessels.
The first of the series will be a 19m vessel that will offer what the company claims will be a "step change" in flexibility to the operator for a vessel of its size with aft deck load capacity of six tonnes and a fore deck capacity of three tonnes.
Additional operational flexibility is provided with the incorporation of integral crane foundations on both the fore and aft deck to allow the vessel to be quickly reconfigured for various different roles in support of wind farm construction and support.
In order to optimise the layout of the working deck areas and passenger space the design is being undertaken in partnership with Turbine Transfers. This partnership will bring together BMT Nigel Gee’s outstanding design capability with Turbine Transfer’s years of operational expertise to ensure the best possible layout for the various potential tasks.
A key feature of the design is the provision of an exceptionally quiet and comfortable area for the technicians and operators of the vessel.
The vessel will use MTU engines and Ultra waterjets and will achieve a loaded speed in excess of 26 knots and this will ensure that the vessel will be capable of meeting the most demanding offshore requirements.
Construction of the vessel will start shortly at Holyhead Marine, for completion in 2011.