Australian naval architect and engineering service firm INCAT Crowther has delivered a new catamaran crew transfer vessel (CTV) to Goldsea Marine & Offshore Engineering (Shanghai).

The Incat Crowther 32, constructed by AFAI Southern Shipyard in Guangzhou, China, offers a large cargo zone as well as a maximum speed of up to 25 knots.

The delivery of the CTV comes after sea trials, which were undertaken recently and confirmed its performance.

The catamaran will now be enrolled in service. It will be able to transport up to 12 technicians and six crew to and from offshore wind assets belonging to Goldsea.

Designed to serve in the offshore conditions of China, the vessel is claimed to offer stability, performance and functionality.

Its main deck has four crew cabins, two bathrooms and a large technician seating area with space for refreshment.

It also provides internal storage for equipment and has a large foredeck cargo zone.

The vessel’s upper deck comes with a bathroom, large crew mess, pantry, elevated wheelhouse and two cabins.

Its Resilient Bow Technology allows safe landings and transfers even when wave height conditions are more than two metres.

The below deck features a workshop, utility room, additional storage and laundry facilities.

It is also prepared for a deck crane that can lift two tons at a reach of ten metres.

The vessel is designed with a large deadweight capacity to enable it to stay offshore for long periods.

Commenting on the delivery of the 32m catamaran CTV, Incat Crowther managing director for Europe Ed Dudson said: “This vessel has been built in China and tailored to provide a comfortable, safe and efficient transport solution for Goldsea – a leader in the Chinese offshore wind industry.”

Dudson added: “Incat Crowther has collaborated extensively with Goldsea and our long-term partners at AFAI Southern Shipyard on this project, and we are delighted with the results. This vessel heralds a new era in China’s offshore wind industry and ensures Goldsea remains ahead of the game.”

Incat announced that the catamaran CTV for Goldsea was under construction last October. This delivery marks the first collaboration between Goldsea and Incat Crowther.

In November 2020, Incat Crowther unveiled its new ‘Covid-19-inspired’ shadow vessel concept.