CWind, a leading provider of services to the offshore wind industry, announced today that it will be exhibiting the third of its aluminium catamarans at Seawork in June 2016. In a joint undertaking with Aluminium Marine Consultants (AMC) the vessel’s manufacturer based on the Isle of Whight, CWind will showcase the Typhoon TOW, for the first time at the show.
The Typhoon TOW has successfully started her contract off the coast of Kent since joining the fleet in mid-May and is the third aluminium vessel purchased by CWind from AMC in a multi-vessel contract award announced last year, which covered the construction of two 23 metre and two 25 metre high performance crew transfer vessels. All four of these are contracted to O&M sites in the UK.
The vessels were commissioned by CWind to specifications agreed with the initial charterer and built by AMC entirely in the UK. Lee Andrews, Operations Director at CWind said: “These vessels were a first for us in many ways, including our first aluminium catamarans, our first high performance vessels beyond the 23 meter mark, and the first vessels we commissioned to a specification agreed with our clients in advance of the vessel construction. It’s been a very positive experience to date, as the client receives exactly what they require to meet their operational needs on site and we are able to provide an excellent vessel on a multi-year basis which continues to develop our customer relationship and expands our fleet size and capabilities. We’re delighted that in AMC we found a UK supply chain partner, who has delivered our requirements and has, like us, directly benefited from the continued growth in the UK offshore wind industry.”
Rob Stewart, Commercial Director at AMC, welcomed the decision to exhibit at Seawork: “We are delighted that together with our client CWind, we have been able to arrange to show the Typhoon TOW at Seawork. She is a magnificent vessel, which, we believe will bring a step change to the market for crew transfer vessels. Her superior engine and jet combination and her high bollard push will have a significant impact on her transfer height and the vessels’ operators ability to deliver at an increasing distance from shore and water depths.”