Singapore-based Strategic Marine Ltd and Prosperous Wind Shipping Limited recently delivered a new 27-meter crew transfer vessel to support Taiwan's Yunlin Offshore Wind Farm.

The StratCat 27 is a “hybrid-ready vessel, a winner of the Work Boat World awards for Best Medium Windfarm Support Vessel in 2022 and following the same award in 2023 for its first parallel hybrid variant, showcases the collaboration's commitment to advancing renewable energy through innovative maritime solutions,” according to a joint statement from the companies.

Owned and operated by Prosperous Wind Shipping Limited, the vessel is designed for the efficient and reliable transfer of technicians and cargo, essential for the construction, operation, and maintenance of offshore wind farms. Combining comfort, speed, and safety, the fleet is tailored to meet the specific needs of the offshore wind industry in Taiwan.

The vessel is scheduled to commence operations at the Yunlin Offshore Wind Farm in April 2024. The builders say it will mark "a pivotal advancement in Taiwan's renewable energy landscape, with the Yunlin project boasting an estimated contract value of around $3 million in U.S. dollars. This venture highlights the commitment of both companies to deliver superior services that enhance both the efficiency and sustainability of offshore wind projects."

The StratCat27 is designed to play a crucial role in wind turbine generator installation operations at the Yunlin offshore wind farm. It will operate round the clock, facilitating the transit of personnel, equipment, and cargo between the selected harbour, the installation vessel, and throughout the wind farm, thereby ensuring seamless support for the project’s infrastructure development.