U.S. offshore support company Patriot Offshore Maritime Services has ordered a crew transfer vessel (CTV) for wind farms from U.S. yard Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding. Vineyard Wind, a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) will charter the CTV to serve the Vineyard Wind offshore project in Massachusetts. Vineyard Wind, an 800-MW project, is located off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard.
Upon delivery in mid-2023, the vessel will be operated during construction of Vineyard Wind 1, transporting personnel and equipment. The 27m-long vessel is be based on a catamaran design by Incat Crowther and will be capable of carrying up to 24 technicians and personnel.
In addition to the Patriot vessel, Vineyard Wind has also signed a contract with American Offshore Services for a second CTV that will be built by Blount Boats in Rhode Island. The U.S. flagged CTVs will be fully Jones Act compliant. Under the Jones Act, ships operating in U.S. waters must be built and maintained in U.S. yards.
Vineyard Wind project generates vessel orders