Archive for February, 2012

24 and 20 m High Speed Wind Farm Service Design

Monday, February 6th, 2012

The offshore wind farm industry is entering into a new phase and with it the speed and range of the service fleet must be extended. Adding to this is the ever present issue of crew safety and comfort since access to the turbines remains difficult in seas much over 1.5 meters. Our design takes significant steps forward with a speed capability of 40 knots as well as class leading sea keeping ability. This is the result of combining our assymetric 20 degree deadrise hull with Hysucat foils. Crew offloading in the 24m is handled with the new Houlder turbine transfer system which acts like a steady cam providing steady and assured crew movements in seas up to 2.5 m. Propulsion and fine control of the vessel is achoeved using the ServoGear Ecoflow system combined with MTU 2000 hp motors in the 24 meter version and Cat C32 Acert in the 20m version.

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