Environmentally friendly hybrid CTVs
Incat Crowther has announced the contract for a pair of hybrid catamaran CTVs, designed in conjunction with Danish shipping company MHO-Co. The Incat Crowther 35s will use modern electric motors to save on weight, space and emissions for the benefit of the environment as well as fuel economy in the offshore wind industry.
The vessels will use a combination of direct drive and electric propulsion for maximum flexibility and significant redundancy. Reductions in emissions will be seen across a range of operating modes, including a zero-emission mode. The newly developed hybrid propulsion packages are designed in a way which enables them to be adapted at a later state to future eco-friendly power generation technologies such as hydrogen.
Under construction at AFAI Southern Shipyard, the vessels will enter service in mid-2021, operating under contract with Ørsted, where they are scheduled to transport technicians and equipment to the offshore windfarm Hornsea 2 in the North Sea. “Designing and building hybrid CTVs is a huge step in the environmental direction, and I am proud that we at MHO-Co have found partners who share our vision for sustainable development in the offshore industry. With these new vessels we still offer some of the largest and most reliable CTVs in the world, and they can be converted to future technologies”, says MHO-Co’s CEO and founder, Mik Henriksen.
MHO-Co has partnered with Incat Crowther to develop the new generation of vessels, following the success of MHO Gurli and MHO Esbjerg. Incat Crowther’s expert knowledge of offshore catamarans will combine with MHO-Co’s insight and experience with CTVs to result in two unique, state-of-the-art vessels. Ed Dudson, Managing Director of Incat Crowther Europe states, “MHO-Co always push the boundaries when it comes to new vessels in the offshore wind industry. These new 35m vessels are no different. It’s great to be working with Mik and his team again on the latest project, which will really bring hybrid technology to the fore.”
The vessels’ propulsion systems will be installed by Danfoss’ Editron, consisting of permanently magnetised electric motors that save both weight and space on the CTV while consuming less fuel and giving higher efficiency. Incat Crowther is proud to collaborate with MHO-Co on this ground-breaking design, continuing to remain at the forefront of the implementation of modern technology in fast offshore vessels.