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    New windfarm tender has SWATH hullform

    Vessel & ROV News // April 20, 2010

    Natalia Bekker is the first offshore windfarm vessel with a SWATH hullform.

    What is claimed to be the first windfarm tender with a Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) hullform was formally named earlier this week at the German yard that built her.

    The first 25m SWATH@A&R Windpark Tender was christened at German shipyard Abeking & Rasmussen. She was named Natalia Bekker and was built for BARD-Group.

    Said the yard: "High sea states make boarding offshore structures a difficult and dangerous task. Therefore, a special fender system is installed at the vesselís bow to further dampen the already low shipís motion. The vessel will be permanently situated in the offshore windfarm where a team of service personnel will be readily available 24/7 on a living platform."

    The vessel is the 11th vessel of SWATH@A&R†construction. Since 1999 several vessels with lengths of 25m, 40m, 50m and 60m such as as pilot tenders and a motor yacht have been built with this hullform.

    The same hullfrom was also chosen by the Latvian Navy for a series of patrol vessels, and the Estonian waterways authorities has opted for a hydrographic research vessel with SWATH@A&R technology.

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