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Chartwell Marine, a pioneer in next-generation vessel design, has signed a contract to design and deliver a new hybrid Chartwell 24 crew transfer vessel (CTV) which will be built by Cowes-based Diverse Marine.

The vessel, which will provide dedicated support for the offshore wind sector for High Speed Transfers, is set to be built on the Isle of Wight after Diverse Marine was awarded the build contract following a competitive global tender process.

High Speed Transfers’ order marks a milestone in the collaboration between these 3 British firms, which has seen a number of adaptations made to the proven Chartwell 24 design to meet the demands of hybrid operation.

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The international expansion of the offshore wind sector is creating significant opportunities for the maritime supply chain, and simultaneously driving substantial innovation in vessel design as operators respond to new and emerging legislative requirements. Reducing vessel emissions and fuel consumption is a key target for the industry to ensure compliance with air quality legislation and reduce the overall carbon footprint of building and operating offshore wind farms.

Andy Page, Managing Director, Chartwell Marine, said:

“We are excited to be working with HST and Diverse Marine to bring this innovative hybrid CTV to market, maintaining the collaborative approach that has fed into the evolution of the Chartwell 24 design to date. As the drive towards greener operations gains momentum, it is important that we tackle the emissions challenge head on, without losing sight of the key attributes that define effective offshore wind vessel support.”

The new hybrid Chartwell 24 design is the product of extensive R&D and ongoing dialogue with HST and Diverse Marine, alongside wind farm owners and the wider offshore supply chain. It capitalises on these insights to address some of the most common operational and design challenges surrounding effective hybrid propulsion.

Ben Colman, Director, Diverse Marine, added:

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“The maritime supply chain in the UK continues to demonstrate its leading role bringing through the innovations that will define the way vessels are built and operated worldwide. It’s important that the economic opportunities inherent in commercialising and exporting these next-generation technologies are recognised as the UK and Europe look towards a ‘green recovery’.”

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