Purus Wind subsidiary HST Marine has taken delivery of a new hybrid-electric crew transfer vessel (CTV), named HST Frances, from Diverse Marine.

HST Frances is the company’s second hybrid electric CTV built in the UK.

The 25m vessel has the capacity to accommodate between 12 and 24 industrial personnel.

It features a hybrid electric propulsion system that is said to reduce fuel usage by 30% compared to similar CTVs driven by diesel engines.

The company took delivery of the industry’s first vessel of this type, named HST Ella, in 2021.

Designed by UK naval architect Chartwell Marine, both vessels were constructed by Diverse Marine on the Isle of Wight.

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The new CTV ‘will also be British crewed for domestic projects’, the company said.

HST Marine CEO and Purus Wind head: “As wind power becomes an integral part of the net zero energy mix, the growth of sustainable offshore wind operations relies on strengthening the efficiency and environmental performance of their value chains.

“Meeting the rising demand for new, clean support vessels is part of the solution, and we are already taking a leading role on this.”

HST Marine is claimed to be the first firm to offer near-zero emissions operations for offshore wind projects in the UK, Belgium, France and Germany.

The company offers commissioning/servicing operation vessels (C/SOVs) to its offshore wind clients. It aims to place an order for an additional four to eight C/SOVs as part of its ongoing expansion plan.