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Wight Shipyard Co has been contracted to build the world’s first hybrid surface effect crew transfer vessel, which will service the Borssele 1 and 2 offshore windfarms located 23 kilometres off the Dutch coast.

The East Cowes-based firm was chosen to build the vessel by CWind because of its reputation for superior build quality and track record of delivery, coupled with the unique ability of working with new designs and concepts including hybrid vessels that reduce carbon emissions.

Peter Morton, CEO at Wight Shipyard Co, says:

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“We have built a reputation in the fast ferry arena and commercial marine sector. But this a world first, building a hybrid SES for crew transfer. Building greener vessels has been an integral focus for some time now so we are well placed to lead this step change in Crew Transfer Vessels.”

WSC will manage the build project from its development stage right through to delivery. The vessel will be a game-changer for the industry because of its ability to handle 2m significant wave height during technician transfer in heavy seas. At the same time, it will decrease fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Martyn Drye, Director of Engineering at CWind said:

“We embarked on the design of this revolutionary project last year, which utilises new technology to meet industry drivers for improved performance and reductions in carbon emissions. We’re proud to be delivering a concept which is at the forefront of CTV innovation and look forward to a collaborative working partnership with Wight Shipyard Co over the coming months for the build of this vessel.

“WSC have been great to work with during the pre-contract stage and have embraced the new technology for this vessel. We are confident that they will deliver a high quality solution, on time.”

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Az-zahra Aziz

What a shame Whites never built the floating bridge.


Great news,good work for the Island, perhaps there would have been more if the rest of the site had been kept, instead of a big lorry park.

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