First trimarans for offshore windfarm support

Rendering of the trimaran

 The two vessels, with capacity for 24 passengers in business class seats, are also designed to transport carry up to 20 tonnes of freight on the foredeck. They are likely to provide an even more stable transit and the third hull and stabilisers should reduce the risk of seasickness as compared with existing offshore windfarm support craft.
There are six crew cabins and a mess room and the vessels will be capable of 24-hour operation. Now under construction for Denmark’s World Marine Offshore, they will be deployed on offshore windfarm support in European waters when VEKA delivers them in the third quarter of this year.
The vessels will be installed with five water jets, three of which run off the ship’s diesel engines, with the other two powered by permanent magnetic generators. According to project manager Robin Sijbrands, this affords a significant level of redundance. “If one system fails, the ship can just continue to sail,” he said, revealing that there will also be battery installations on board to provide extra back-up. These will be capable of operating the two outer water jets.

Two 33m-long trimarans with hybrid power installations, said to be the first such vessels in the world, have been designed by Netherlands-based shipbuilding group VEKA.

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