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Monday, June 1, 2020 

BMT has added another vessel to its growing family of over 55 BMT designed windfarm support Vessels around the world, after its latest 36m service accommodation transfer vessel (SATV) completed sea trials and has begun work for owner Ventus Marine and charterer SGRE on the Formosa 1 windfarm in Taiwan.

BMT partnered with Penguin Shipyard International for the SATV, the two companies having delivered many vessels including High Speed Ferries, Oil and Gas crew boats, Firefighting Vessels and Crew Transfer Vessels.

The SATV's advanced design will offer operational versatility, providing long term offshore accommodation while still being able to push up against the turbine to transfer technicians. This new concept and size of vessel is intended to plug a gap, where a full size SOV (service operation vessel) would be unsuitable and too expensive.

Chris Witty, Technical Lead for Specialised Ship Design at BMT said: “It’s fantastic to be a part of continually developing Offshore Renewables industry, particularly with such exciting projects like the SATV. The design brief really allowed us the freedom to devise the optimal configuration, from both a comfort and a workflow perspective.”

Seakeeping and efficiency were at the forefront of the project. The hull form is based on BMT’s ModCat range which offers improved seakeeping performance, but with a minimal resistance penalty. The improved vessel motion is complemented by a full active ride control system. The design boasts the third generation of BMT’s patented Active Fender System, designed specifically for larger vessels like the SATV. Passenger comfort is optimised by keeping all sleeping accommodation above the main deck where noise levels will be kept to a minimum through the use of a resiliently mounted superstructure.  Allowing 10 crew to stay onboard for the 12 day offshore endurance, the SATV will be used to service offshore turbines on the Formosa 1 Offshore Windfarm, off the coast of Taiwan.

Powered by twin MTU 16V2000 engines coupled to a CPP propulsion system supplied by Servogear, to optimise fuel efficiency during different modes of operation, the 75 dwt vessel will travel at a sprint speed of 20 knots and cruise at 16 knots.

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