CWind invests in biggest vessel yet

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 22 Feb 2017

AN offshore wind support business that has made Grimsby its key port has invested in its largest crew transfer vessel yet.

CWind, operational from Port of Grimsby East, is building capacity for the next round of farms, located further out to sea.

Newly named as CWind Phantom, the 27.4m catamaran can hold 20,000 litres of fuel and has a 20 tonne cargo capacity, making her suitable for longer stretches of work.

Lee Andrews, the managing director for power at CWind, said the investment demonstrated the company's ability to evolve with the changing market.

"Our experience on the world's largest offshore wind farms has helped us build a diverse range of vessels that meet the changing needs of our valued clients," he said. "Transporting technicians quickly, safely and comfortably to and from sites, even in tough weather conditions, is critical to offshore project performance.

"The CWind Phantom is designed to exhibit reliability, superior fuel efficiency, high transfer height during operations and a large, flexible payload capability, all crucial specifications for the harsh conditions far from shore. Highly seaworthy and with impressive seakeeping ability, the CWind Phantom is also extremely manoeuvrable for a vessel of her size, with a proven and reliable propulsion combination."

Built in 2015, she can carry up to 12 passengers, with berths for eight people. The accommodation is fully air-conditioned and heated and offers all the amenities required to remain at sea for extended periods, including a dedicated meeting space.

Featuring an aluminium hull with 8m beam width and 1.4m draft, CWind Phantom can carry containers in a combination of configurations, while an on board crane can lift 1.1 tons at 5m outreach. The jet-driven vessel is powered by two MAN D2862 main engines and is capable of reaching a maximum speed of 27kn.

The CWind Phantom heading to the Centrica contract from Grimsby

CWind took ownership of the vessel on February 1, and following a mini-refit, she will made available from March 1.

The company, headquartered in Colchester but operationally active in North East Lincolnshire, now has a fleet of 18, with access to additional cable installation and maintenance vessels via parent company, Global Marine Systems Limited.

Mr Andrews added: "There is currently significant demand for vessels with the ability to work further offshore and we are already seeing client interest in the CWind Phantom. Ultimately, this investment enables us to provide a more integrated offering for both the construction and operations and maintenance phases of an offshore wind farm project."

Recently CWind has provided short notice assistance to jack-up work by Centrica at Lynn and Inner Dowsing, the first offshore wind farm built to be operated out of Grimsby.

Management and support was also provided from the town.

Mr Andrews said: "We were pleased to be able to help Centrica by supplying one of our crew transfer vessels at short notice. This further builds on our productive working relationship with Centrica, and is a clear demonstration of our adaptability to meet customer demands utilising our large fleet of vessels and local presence in Grimsby."

Jeremy Gilmour, Centrica's project manager, added: "We needed quick access to a suitable vessel and with CWind having offices and CTV berths at Grimsby and vessel availability, we were quickly able to arrange this charter.

"CWind provided a flexible and responsive service and we look forward to using their services on future charters."

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