Austal unveils Wind Express seriesVessel & ROV News // July 22, 2010
The Wind Express series includes a range of hullforms.
Austal in Autsrlia has unveiled its new range of high speed transfer vessels specifically designed for the burgeoning offshore windfarm industry.
The company’s Wind Express series of vessels combine fuel efficiency with advanced sea keeping characteristics to deliver a premier transportation solution for offshore windfarm operators.
By utilising Austal’s advanced hull design and engineering capabilities, each vessel is purpose-built to deliver a rugged, reliable multi-purpose workboat platform. Among the many significant features of the Wind Express series is the option to install Austal’s patented Ride Control System (RCS) - a first for offshore wind farm vessels - to ensure a safer, more productive platform, even in rough seas.
Austal Chief Operating Officer Andrew Bellamy claimed the vessels would introduce new levels of productivity and safety to the growing offshore wind farm industry.
“In this industry, reliability is paramount; not only in terms of machinery but also in the ability of the vessels to transfer personnel to and from wind turbines in comfort and safety,” Mr Bellamy said.
“With our Wind Express series, we have introduced platforms that not only deliver reliability but also have the capacity to operate in rougher waters at higher speeds and greater efficiency. These are important characteristics as windfarms are constructed further offshore.”
Characterised by their optimum passenger comfort and safety, each vessel in the Wind Express series can be further customised to suit specific sea conditions, routes, work space and payload requirements.
The series incorporates four vessels - Wind Express 17, Wind Express 19, Wind Express 28 and Wind Express 28 – Tri SWATH.
The vessels feature a selection of hullforms ranging from a refined catamaran design for added stability and efficiency to the Austal-developed tri-SWATH hullform delivering sea keeping and onboard comfort in up to sea state 6.