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Six Ambitious-class CTVs for the US

The first US offshore wind farm support company has ordered six Chartwell Ambitious-class Crew Transfer Vessels (CTV) designed by UK-based pioneers of next-generation vessel design, Chartwell Marine. AWT’s order comprises six CTVs and will be constructed by St. John’s Ship Building Inc. at its shipyard in Palatka, Florida USA

The first two vessels are expected to be delivered in Summer 2023 and January 2024 respectively, with four further builds in the pipeline. The vessels will be the first US-built CTVs to be compliant with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 4 regulations, which rank among the most stringent emissions rules for marine engines in the world.

Through its continued partnership with Chartwell Marine, AWT demonstrates its commitment to the growth of the US offshore wind market. Building US Jones-Act Compliant vessels certified under US Coast Guard Subchapter L, these CTVs will be able to operate on any Wind Farm in the United States up to 150 miles offshore, under the strict Safety and Inspection standards of the US Coast Guard. AWT currently operates the only two crew transfer vessels in the US under long-term contracts, servicing the Block Island Wind Farm and Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Farm. 

Charles A. Donadio Jr., Founder of AWT, said, “We’re pleased to strengthen our pioneering status in delivering another first for the US offshore wind sector with these new Tier IV vessel orders. Our goal is to build the most reliable, multi-purpose Jones-Act CTV fleet in the US, and provide our clients with cutting edge technology while lowering our carbon footprint and meeting all Jones Act and USCG Regulations. This investment will enable us to have crew transfer vessels available for charter to support the demand over the next several years.

“Our experience has proven our vessel model works for both the shipyard construction phase with on-time deliveries, and in-service uptime reliability for installation support and long-term O&M. Chartwell is our go-to when it comes to CTV designs which are operating in multiple international markets. We see our partnership with both Chartwell and St. John’s Ship Building as a key cornerstone in our strategy to build the capability and capacity of AWT to support the future growth of the offshore wind industry.”

The Ambitious is Chartwell’s flagship CTV design; a 25.2m aluminium catamaran with capacity to transport 24 personnel to and from turbines with speed, safety, and stability. Orders for the Ambitious class design are now well into double figures, with boats currently operating in Scotland, France, and Virginia.

Andy Page, Director and Naval Architect at Chartwell Marine, said, “The US offshore wind market is expanding rapidly, and AWT’s pioneering vision to support this growth aligns well with our own ambition to bring versatile, high-performance crew transfer vessels to the markets that need them most. With its performance and versatility, the Ambitious delivers on the needs of the growing US market.

“Our recently launched range of offshore energy support vessel designs builds on the successes underpinning the Ambitious, adapting its proven formula to service the variety and complexity of offshore energy requirements. Key among these requirements is the soaring demand for peak operational performance, balanced with improved sustainability to control the sector’s carbon profile. We’re looking forward to delivering these gains to the US market.”

Andy is the naval architect for the recently launched Bartech30 and was a speaker at the 
Commercial Marine Conference - Hybrid & Electric Propulsion at this year's Seawork.

Exhibitor; Andy Page, Chartwell Marine
 
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