December 4th, Rhode Island – Leading U.S. offshore wind farm support company Atlantic Wind Transfers has signed a multi-million-dollar, market-first order for two state-of the-art Chartwell 24 Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs), developed by Chartwell Marine, a pioneer in next-generation vessel design.
The vessels, to be deployed in support of new wind farms off the East Coast, will be built by Blount Boats, a historic shipyard and pioneer in CTV construction in the USA, for delivery in 2020.
Meeting the demands of U.S. offshore wind developers and asset owners – many of whom have a background in the European sector – requires domestic supply chain firms to capitalise on existing technology, lessons learnt and best practice, while responding to the unique requirements of operating in American waters.
Atlantic Wind Transfers will be able to meet these challenges with the Chartwell 24 – a pioneering vessel design that is expected to set the standard for technical availability and safety in US offshore wind going forward. Chartwell Marine has taken end user considerations into account to provide a CTV with all the advancements gained from operation in the European market, but tailored for the U.S.
The new vessels will be a specialised model of the Chartwell 24, modified to comply with American environmental regulations and operational conditions. In particular, the vessels will be compliant with legislation protecting the migration route of the protected Right Whale off the north-eastern seaboard, with a specially adapted 65-foot hull. This hull has been further adapted to handle the Atlantic sea conditions, mandating the highest standards in design and construction.
These modifications have been introduced without compromising on the proven attributes that make the Chartwell 24 one of the safest and most capable vessel designs in the offshore wind market – including a hull configuration that minimises ‘wet deck slamming’, a large, step-free foredeck and superior transit performance.
Andy Page, Managing Director of Chartwell Marine, added: “Based on our knowledge of the conditions off the coast of New England, we made modifications to our design to ensure optimal performance. Compliance with maritime regulations is only second to the safety of personnel, so we have ensured that Atlantic Wind Transfers and its clients will benefit from a vessel that ticks all of these boxes, while attaining the highest possible standards of safety and technical availability.”
Charles Donadio, CEO of Atlantic Wind Transfers, said: “Our Crew Transfer Vessel company was the first to support offshore wind here in Rhode Island, with the first and only CTV currently operating in the United States. This is another major milestone for us as we expand our operation and aim to support the local supply chain along the East Coast of the United States.”
“We have worked closely with Andy Page for the last seven years and, based on past experience along with conversations with established European CTV operators, we knew that the Chartwell 24 was the right vessel to deliver the standards of service our future clients will expect. We have full confidence the finished vessel from Blount Boats will be a class-leading, U.S.-flagged, Jones-Act compliant vessel.”
Blount Boats are at the forefront of the emerging offshore wind industry, having built the first ever U.S. flagged Crew Transfer Vessel for Atlantic Wind Transfers in 2015 the “Atlantic Pioneer”– which in turn was commissioned to service the first U.S. offshore wind farm off Block Island, Rhode Island. The central location of the Blount Boats shipyard in Warren, Rhode Island, makes them optimally placed to supply CTVs to companies like Atlantic Wind Transfers.
Marcia Blount, President and Chief Financial Officer of Blount Boats, concluded: “As the offshore market grows, so too does the demand for American-made CTVs. Building vessels to Chartwell’s proven design enables us to couple European design expertise with American engineering and support the domestic supply chain as it goes from strength to strength.”
About Chartwell Marine
Chartwell Marine is a pioneer in next-generation vessel design. A reputed naval architect with an industry-leading track record designing award-winning high-speed vessels, Chartwell Marine supports ambitious boat builders and vessel operators around the world with specialist, independent design and consultancy services.
To find out more about Chartwell Marine, please visit: http://www.chartwellmarine.com/
About Atlantic Wind Transfers
Atlantic Wind Transfers based in Quonset Point, Rhode Island was founded by Rhode Island Fast Ferry owner Charles A. Donadio Jr. in May 2015 is Atlantic Wind Transfers is the first Offshore Wind Farm Support company to provide crew and cargo transfer services for offshore installations and long-term operations and maintenance in the U.S.
Atlantic Wind Transfers commissioned the first Crew Transfer Vessel in the U.S., Atlantic Pioneer, after signing a contract with Deepwater Wind for long-term O&M for the Block Island Wind Farm.
For more information about Atlantic Wind Transfers, please visit: www.atlanticwindtransfers.com
About Blount Boats
Blount Boats, Inc. is a full-service shipyard specializing in design, construction and repair of steel and aluminium vessels up to 220 feet. Founded as Blount Marine Corporation in 1949 by Luther H. Blount (1916-2006), the company is privately held and managed by the Blount family.
Today, the Blount family is carrying on the Blount tradition and is charting a course to remain a strong, innovative and successful leader in the marine industry.