The vessels, which are all built to BMT Nigel Gee’s design, were launched from two different shipyards, two in Europe and one in Asia.
The vessels range in size, with two built to a 19.4 metre propeller-driven conventional catamaran design, and one a 26 metre so-called Extreme Semi-Swath (XSS), which is fitted with active motion damping systems comprising T-Foils and interceptors.
Sea trials for two of the vessels have been completed, both of which have met all expected performance criteria. The XSS is currently in transit to the open sea in order for trials in the coming weeks.
...ports must be able to offer many hectares of land on which to place factories and storage areas, long strong quays with high, heavy-lift cranes, and sufficient alongside space to accommodate the third-generation installation vessels now being built.
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Ed Dudson, technical director of BMT Nigel Gee, said: “We are confident that these vessels will set a new benchmark for quality and capability in the offshore wind market. We are now looking forward to these vessels entering service and continuing our support to deliver state of the art designs which are designed specifically to meet our customers’ requirements.”
Based in Southampton, BMT Nigel Gee is the maritime-focused subsidiary of design and engineering consultancy BMT. The company specialises in access platforms for wind turbines.
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