Chartwell Marine, headquartered in the United Kingdom, oversaw the vessel’s construction despite travel restrictions from the coronavirus pandemic. The company used data-driven analytics to foster an open and collaborative process with Atlantic Wind Transfers and US commercial boat builder Blount Boats & Shipyard in Rhode Island.
With several gigawatts of offshore wind capacity to be installed the next few years, the US offshore wind sector must rapidly build its maritime supply chain to ensure new projects can be constructed, operated and maintained effectively. Atlantic Wind Transfers selected the Chartwell Marine design, which can keep pace as project requirements change. The vessel will enable AWT to continue setting a reference point for effective crew transfer operations in the US, offering high standards of comfort and reliability for technicians working on offshore turbines.
AWT also opted to equip the vessel with advanced surveying equipment to prepare for future operations in the region, supporting wind farm owners and operators, such as Dominion Energy, as additional generation capacity comes online. The US East Coast will require diverse operational profiles and versatile fleets, and flexible vessel platforms will be a cornerstone for building these vessels.
“Even with the pandemic, international collaboration to build out an innovative US CTV fleet has continued” said Andy Page, Managing Director of Chartwell Marine. “We’ve been proud to continue working remotely with Blount to deliver a vessel to AWT’s specifications, a testament to the yard’s adaptability. As US offshore wind continues to grow, it will be crucial to ensure a strong blueprint for a sustainable future is laid using reliable, trusted vessel designs.”
Charles Donadio, CEO of Atlantic Wind Transfers, added that the Chartwell 24 has set the benchmark for effective vessel performance in the US and that the company looks forward to continued working with Chartwell on improvements to future designs as the US East Coast offshore wind farms are constructed.
AWT’s Atlantic Endeavor joins the Atlantic Pioneer, the first CTV to be launched in the US market, which has serviced the Block Island Wind Farm since 2016 through construction and now long-term O&M.
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