Chartwell Marine, announced its partnership with VARD to introduce the Midi-SOV, a revolutionary 55-metre offshore wind craft.
oming to both the US and European markets in 2024, the vessel represents the combined expertise of the crew transfer vessel (CTV) and SOV, providing a new solution to the ongoing challenge of expanding wind power across the globe. The vessel is designed Jones Act Compliant, Americanised, ready for production in US Shipyards.
As the offshore wind industry continues to grow, the demand for ever-larger CTVs has surged, with larger teams of technicians operating on increasingly scaled-up turbines.
As explained, the Midi SOV has been designed from the ground up to prioritise stability and operability, and to be a cost-effective solution as the offshore wind industry tackles high inflation and increasing costs in its development pipeline.
In taking the Midi-SOV design forward, Chartwell consciously adopted the mindset of a small bespoke architect and started from scratch, taking into consideration the insights of vessel owners, technical suppliers, and wind farm operators to meet the changing needs of the industry.
Perfectly proportioned for offshore wind, the vessel’s size hits the ‘sweet spot’ for commercial and operational viability. It incorporates a low waterplane shape that broadens above waterline, effectively minimising and dampening roll motion. This allows the vessel to remain stable during operations, facilitating walk-to-work capabilities that were previously challenging for smaller scaled traditional SOV forms.
With a strong focus on energy efficiency, this vessel can be equipped with Methanol-Diesel Dual-Fuel engines, electric propulsion, and a supporting energy storage system.
With the introduction of the Midi-SOV, Chartwell Marine and VARD are leading the way in opening up a new segment in the offshore wind industry enabling sustainable business at sea, bringing forth a vessel that combines innovation, efficiency, and sustainability.
..said Runar Vågnes, Senior Vice President Sales VARD.