Jun 16, 2023 | offshore marine news

Strategic Marine of Singapore has received another order for its StratCat 27 (SC27) Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) with hybrid-ready capabilities, from France-based LD Tide.

The joint venture between French shipping company Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) and UK-based partner Tidal Transit, has ordered a hybrid-ready SC27 to add to its fleet of vessels servicing offshore wind farms in France. In line with its renewables development strategy, the LDA Group is anticipating the growing needs of the offshore wind sector, and expects many more new projects to come online in France in future. LD Tide currently owns and manages a fleet of three CTVs to transfer technicians to the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm, about 20nm off the coast of France.

The SC27 order is the first the company has placed for a vessel to be built at a non-French yard. Designed by BMT, the aluninium-hulled SC27 is suited to meet the needs of the rapidly developing offshore renewables sector and its build-to-stock programme gives it an advantage in meeting tight delivery schedules.

Edouard Louis-Dreyfus, President LDA said: “We are excited to be working with Strategic Marine on this new project and are confident the new vessel will contribute to our fleet operations as we position ourselves as a key player of the French offshore wind industry.”

The SC27 design was launched in May 2021 and has already seen wide interest from the offshore wind industry, where solid operational capabilities and a reduced environmental footprint are key requirements.

Strategic Marine CEO, Chan Eng Yew said: “We are delighted to win this order from LD Tide to help expand its fleet to serve the growing French offshore wind sector. The confidence shown in ordering our new design demonstrates growing awareness of Strategic Marine’s capabilities and our reputation for timely delivery of reliable, high-quality vessels designed to meet stringent requirements and for demanding environments.”

The 27m vessel is designed for optimal operational efficiency across a range of loading conditions, with a hull form that maximises waterline length and reduces emissions and fuel consumption. A maximum speed of 26 knots enables operators to transport customers quickly and efficiently.

In line with the stringent environmental demands of the market, the vessel also features a Green Passport for ship recycling.

Strategic Marine’s recent collaboration with Sea Forrest Power Solutions and Danfoss Power Solutions builds on this increasingly popular design with a retrofittable hybrid power option. The parallel hybrid system enables a reduction in main engine hours and maintenance, reduction in vessel noise and vibration and, depending on the vessel’s operational profile and charging facilities, can cut the vessel’s operational carbon footprint.

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