CWind’s supersize CTV

16 Feb 2017

'CWind Phantom' can carry containers in a combination of configurations, while an on board crane can lift 1.1 tons at 5m outreach

'CWind Phantom' can carry containers in a combination of configurations, while an on board crane can lift 1.1 tons at 5m outreach

CWind, a UK-headquartered provider of services to the offshore wind industry and regular Seawork exhibitor, has announced that it has invested in the Company’s largest crew transfer vessel to date.

Newly named as CWind
Phantom
, the 2015-built 27.4m catamaran can hold 20,000 litres of fuel and
has a 20 tonne cargo capacity, making her suitable for longer stretches of work
at wind farms located further from shore. 
CWind says this investment demonstrates the Company’s ability to evolve
with the changing market.  CWind’s fleet
now totals 18, with access to additional cable installation and maintenance
vessels via CWind’s parent company, Global Marine Systems Limited.

“Our experience on the world’s largest offshore wind farms
has helped us build a diverse range of vessels that meet the changing needs of
our valued clients,” said Lee Andrews, Managing Director for Power at
CWind.  “Transporting technicians
quickly, safely and comfortably to and from sites, even in tough weather
conditions, is critical to offshore project performance. 

The CWind Phantom
is designed to exhibit reliability, superior fuel efficiency, high transfer
height during operations and a large, flexible payload capability, all crucial
specifications for the harsh conditions far from shore.  Highly seaworthy and with impressive seakeeping
ability, the CWind Phantom is also
extremely manoeuvrable for a vessel of her size, with a proven and reliable
propulsion combination.”

CWind Phantom can
carry up to 12 passengers, with berths for eight people. The accommodation is
fully air-conditioned and heated and offers all the amenities required to
remain at sea for extended periods, including a dedicated meeting space.

Featuring an aluminium hull with 8m beam width and 1.4m
draft, CWind Phantom can carry
containers in a combination of configurations, while an on board crane can lift
1.1 tons at 5m outreach.  The jet-driven
vessel is powered by two MAN D2862 main engines and is capable of reaching a
maximum speed of 27kn.

CWind took ownership of the vessel on 1st February.  Following a mini-refit, the CWind Phantom will be available to start
work on 1st March and already has significant client interest.

Mr Andrews concluded, “There is currently significant demand
for vessels with the ability to work further offshore and we are already seeing
client interest in the CWind Phantom.  Ultimately, this investment enables us to
provide a more integrated offering for both the construction and operations and
maintenance phases of an offshore wind farm project.”

Visit CWind Ltd at Seawork International 2017 on stand VA20.

By Jake Frith

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