UK-based BMT Nigel Gee has completed sea trials of Njord Odin, the first of a series of advanced 26m windfarm support vessels (WSV) for Njord Offshore.
The 26.3m-long and 9.3m-wide Njord Odin which has been constructed by Australian shipbuilder Strategic Marine, features a quadruple installation of the Volvo Penta IPS system, with the forward-facing, twin counter-rotating propellers and individually steerable pods under the hull.
The IPS system will enable the vessel to provide high propulsive efficiency along with manoeuvrability, dynamic positioning, as well as bollard pull.
Njord Offshore director Tom Mehew said: "Our clients demand efficiency and redundancy in our service and comfort for their technicians whilst operating in tougher, more inclement conditions.
"We believe Njord Odin will deliver on all fronts. BMT and Strategic Marine have done an excellent job and we’re delighted with the performance and sea trials results."
The new WSVs are specifically designed for working further offshore with a fuel capacity of 29,000l and freshwater capacity of 2,900l. It is capable of cruising at a speed of more than 27k with 20dwt.
With the resiliently mounted superstructure and selection of propulsion machinery, the vessel will offer low noise levels. In the main accommodation, the noise levels are 60 dBA and 54 dBA in the wheelhouse whilst operating at 25k.
In addition, it will provide spacious accommodation with excellent visibility from all seating areas.
Image: The new windfarm support vessel will have a fuel capacity of 29,000l and freshwater capacity of 2,900l. Photo: courtesy of BMT Group Ltd.