Offshore wind service provider, HST Marine, a Purus Wind subsidiary, has taken delivery of a hybrid-electric crew transfer vessel (CTV), HST Frances, designed by Chartwell Marine and built by Diverse Marine on the UK’s Isle of Wight. The event was marked by a ceremony attended by Nusrat Ghani, UK Minister of State at the Department of Business and Trade and the Cabinet Office, as well as senior maritime industry leaders.
The 25m-long HST Frances is the second of its type and joins the HST Ella, delivered in 2021 which won the European Commercial Marine Awards’ Green Technology category. The service vessels can carry up to 24 engineering personnel, and their hybrid propulsion systems reduce fuel consumption by about 30% compared with similar diesel-fueled CTVs.
Tom Nevin, HST Marine CEO and head, Purus Wind, said: “As wind power becomes an integral part of the net-zero energy mix, the growth of sustainable offshore wind operations relies on strengthening the efficiency and environmental performance of their value chains.” “Meeting the rising demand for new, clean support vessels is part of the solution, and we are already taking a leading role on this.”
London-based Purus Marine, which also has offices in New York and Singapore, acquired HST Marine in September 2022. The company said at the time that it would offer its customers battery hybrid CTVs, battery hybrid wind construction/service operation vessels, inspection drones, and other services.