On Jan. 1, the crew transfer vessel, Atlantic Endeavor, was delivered to the Dominion Energy Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Farm to support two Siemens Gamesa turbines. The project is located 27-miles off Virginia Beach. The 65' crew transfer vessel will provide operations and maintenance support for the wind farm and is owned and operated by Atlantic Winds Transfers.
The vessel is manned by a crew of two to four persons and has the capacity to transport up to 24 wind farm technicians.
The specialized model of the Chartwell 24, designed by Chartwell Marine Ltd., was modified to comply with American environmental and USCG regulations, and with legislation protecting the migration route of the protected Right Whale.
The vessel is a twin hulled catamaran of aluminum construction and is equipped with Man engines, Cummins generators, ZF transmissions, HamitonJet waterjets and Humphree USA Interceptors. Its service speed is 22-24 knots, with a sprint speed of 29 knots.
On deck, the CTV has 10 metric tonnes cargo capacity, cargo securing points, a Palfinger crane, and a Nabrico anchor winch. The vessel is also equipped with a power washing and fuel transfer system.
This marks the second Jones Act crew transfer vessel built by Blount Boats for American Wind Transfers. The first CTV, Atlantic Pioneer, was built in 2016 and has been servicing the five 6-megawatt turbines at the Block Island Wind Farm off Block Island, R.I. for five years.