By MarEx 2015-08-14 12:06:32
Construction has begun on the first crew transfer vessel for the offshore wind industry in the U.S. The vessel is being built by Blount Boats for Atlantic Wind Transfers, which is the commercial wind services arm of the Rhode Island Fast Ferry. The vessel will be launched April 2016 and will service Rhode Island’s Block Island windfarm.
Built under license from South Boat IOW, a British boat builder and primary supplier to the European wind industry, the vessel will be propelled with waterjets powered by a pair of Tier III MAN V-12-1200CR engines, turning 1,200 hp at 2,100 rpm.
The vessel will have a 15-ton cargo capacity and deliver components to the Block Island site along with workers, and continue as the operations and maintenance boat.
The vessel will have a 15-ton cargo capacity and will deliver components, technicians and construction workers to the Block Island site. It will also serve as an operations and maintenance boat.
Construction of Rhode Island’s 30MW, five turbine Block Island windfarm are underway, and it is expected to be completed in the first half of 2016.