Ireland-based crew transfer vessel (CTV) owner and operator Farra Marine Ltd. has ordered seven CTVs from Singapore-based Penguin Shipyard International.

The new CTVs — part of the WindFlex-27 series — will, when complete, see Farra Marine boast a fleet of 14  CTVs servicing the UK and European offshore wind industry.

By early 2024, 13 of the 14 CTVs in Farra Marine’s fleet will be Incat Crowther-designed, Penguin-built vessels.

The new WindFlex-27s have been customized to meet Farra Marine’s special operational requirements, following discussions between Farra Marine CEO Martin Rice, Incat Crowther and Penguin.

The WindFlex-27 features a high deadweight capacity (50 tonnes), plush seating for up to 24 passengers and Incat’s resilient bow technology, which ensures safe and efficient operations in up to two-meter (6.5') significant wave height. The system ensures passenger transfers in up to 1.75-meter (5.74') significant wave height. 

For the 2023 series, the WindFlex-27 will be powered by IMO Tier III Volvo Penta D16 main engines, which represents a significant step forward in emissions reduction.

The vessel's main deck will feature a spacious passenger lounge, a wet room and ample toilet facilities. There will be three large, protected cargo zones in front of the deckhouse. 

The upper deckhouse will feature the wheelhouse, a crew mess and pantry, and a bathroom. The hull below the main deck will be fitted with sleeping quarters for four crew, including two bathrooms.

The seven new CTVs are expected to be delivered in 2023 and early 2024.