Wight Shipyard Co Ltd (WSC) has developed a new windfarm support vessel design, named Vortisea, in collaboration with Australia’s Incat Crowther. The Vortisea brand will target offshore wind vessel operators in Europe and the UK, the company said, particularly those further from shore. Designed to meet the standards in place in Denmark, Germany and the UK, flexibility, the vessel has been designed with speed and operational efficiency as key priorities.
The Vortisea vessels will initially be available in two sizes. The 27m-long version will have a beam of 9m and the larger 32m-long type will have a breadth of 10m. Based on aluminium catamaran hulls, the lightweight vessels will have a range of propulsion options, including fixed pitch propeller, controllable pitch propeller, water jet and integrated propulsion systems, all with hybrid possibilities. The vessels are likely to have operating speeds in excess of 30 knots.
WSC’s move into the offshore wind sector is a logical one. The company has developed a strong track record in ferry construction and has recently worked with Incat Crowther on a 250-passenger river ferry for Vienna-based Twin City Liner. The two companies are also collaborating in the construction of two recently launched 37m-long fast ferries destined for the Mexican market.