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High Speed Transfers awards triple vessel order to Diverse Marine

Thursday, 1st July 2021

HST places order with UK shipyard for two BARTech 30 CTVs and an additional Chartwell 24 in high-tech boost for offshore wind.

High Speed Transfers (HST), an innovative crew transfer vessel (CTV) operator that supports the offshore wind energy and oil and gas industries worldwide, has confirmed its order to Diverse Marine for two BARTech 30 CTVs from marine engineering consultancy, BAR Technologies, and an additional hybrid Chartwell 24, with BAR Technologies’ Foil Optimised Stability System (FOSS) from Chartwell Marine.

As offshore wind technology continues to evolve and projects are developed further out to sea, the operational profiles that wind farm operators require have become diversified. Versatile fleets have become increasingly prized in the race to scale the sector in new markets. Equally, as decarbonising the vessel supply chain becomes a key imperative for wind farm owners and operators, BAR Technologies’ CTV is set to provide HST with fuel – and therefore emissions – savings of up to 30%.

Additionally, to ensure that new projects can be safely and efficiently maintained, vessel designers have risen to the challenge to deliver the next wave of innovation in offshore wind’s maritime supply chain – without sacrificing the proven characteristics that have underpinned the sector’s success to date. The two BARTech 30 vessels will offer HST the flexibility to operate year-round, benefiting from a significant reduction in vertical acceleration to ensure optimal performance.

Crucially, the vessels will all have the same layout of the console, seating and bridge, adhering to HST’s strict safety specifications and ensuring operational familiarity for crew and passengers.

Tom Nevin, CEO, High Speed Transfers, said: “Offshore wind owners and operators have shown a real appetite for efficient, low-carbon vessel platforms. It is exciting to work with Diverse Marine and vessel designers such as BAR Technologies and Chartwell Marine who understand what the industry needs and have the expertise to deliver next-generation designs without overcomplicating the vessels.”

Ben Colman, Diverse Marine, said: “Diverse Marine is delighted to be awarded this further significant order from HST and to be working again with HST, Chartwell Marine and BAR Technologies to deliver industry leading next-generation designs. Construction of the hybrid, controllable pitch propeller HST Ella is progressing well for delivery this summer as work will commence on these new builds. Orders such as this demonstrate that the UK are the global leaders in the design and construction of offshore wind crew transfer vessels.”

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