BMT Nigel Gee to design windfarm support vessels for SeaZipVessel & ROV News // December 17, 2010
BMT Nigel Geee is designing catamaran turbine support vessels for SeaZip.
BMT Nigel Gee Ltd, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has signed a design and development contract for the construction of an initial batch of four windfarm support vessels which will be built by VeKa Shipbuilding BV at their yard in Jongert for SeaZip Offshore Service BV in The Netherlands.
SeaZip Offshore Service BV was founded in 2010 by the shipping entrepreneurs J R Arends and S D Schakelaar to focus on the development and operation of specialised vessels for the offshore renewable industry.
BMT said it would undertake the design of the catamaran hullform vessels in conjunction with VeKa.
Developed from BMT’s range of turbine support vessels, the SeaZip catamarans will be 19.5m in length with a beam of 7m powered by two 720kW MTU diesel engines via waterjets to achieve a service speed of 24 knots and a range of 300nm.
The design has been specifically configured to meet SeaZip’s requirement to carry 12 passengers and enable the vessels to carry a combination of up to three standard 10ft ISO containers, one aft & two forward. The ISO containers will carry the necessary supplies and equipment for the offshore servicing tasks.
In addition, the foredeck layout has been expressly configured to incorporate the new Turbine Access System (TAS) being developed by BMT and Houlder to provide safer access to the turbine structures.
Construction of the four vessels has commenced at the Jongert shipyard with BMT providing a full production design service including cut part information.
The first vessel will be delivered to SeaZip by mid 2011.