UK: CTruk Hands Over Multi-Purpose Catamaran CWind Athenia
CWind, the only British company to be awarded a Siemens vessel charter contract out of a European shortlist, today took delivery of CWind Athenia, a 20-tonne payload, multi-purpose catamaran (MPC). CWind Athenia is the second of the work vessels built by CTruk Boats to fulfil CWind’s Siemens contract, incorporating three vessels operating out of Ramsgate on the London Array Offshore Wind Farm. The third is expected to launch in the spring.
CTruk Boats has recently also signed a two-vessel deal for 20-tonne MPCs with another local operator.
Part of CWind’s boat share scheme, CWind Athenia is a joint venture with local skipper Dave Bachelor, who has a Merchant Navy background, as well as commercial experience on the south and east coasts of the UK. CWind Athenia, will be joining Dave Bachelor’s current vessel at the London Array, where the work will mostly involve organising crew transfers. CWind Athenia incorporates CTruk Boats’ flexible pod system, which means the vessel is hugely versatile and can be easily adapted to carry different loads. It comes standard with 16,000 litres in-hull fuel capacity, delivering a 2,400nm operational range or providing capacity for re-fuelling work.
Peter Jorgenson, Managing Director of CWind explains, “We’re very proud to be the only UK business to win one of these contracts with Siemens out of a European shortlist and delighted to see CWind Athenia launched and off to work. Our boat share scheme enables local owner operators to participate in the wind farm industry. The investment of the skipper means our clients get a can-do attitude combined with the experienced management and QHSE procedures of CWind.”
Built by CTruk Boats in Brightlingsea, CWind Athenia is 18.5m LOA, with a robust build which gives her solid sea-keeping qualities. In addition the vessel has a small carbon footprint as it is very cost-effective burning 90 litres less diesel an hour than an equivalent aluminium vessel.
Shipbuilding Tribune Staff, February 8, 2012; Image: cwind247