BMT designs will be used by Estonia-based BLRT Marketex to build four new 24m high capacity windfarm support vessels (WSV) for the UK-based operator Sure Wind Marine.
The WSVs will be built to DNV class to allow the vessels to operate without restrictions in European waters.
BLRT Marketex is a subsidiary of BLRT Grupp, which operates five shipyards, including two in Tallinn, Estonia, and is currently building four 20m WSVs for Sure Wind.
The company provides steel, stainless steel and aluminium for oil & gas, renewable energy, industrial and marine markets.
In February 2012, BMT won a contract from Australian shipbuilder Strategic Marine to provide the design for construction of eight new 20m WSVs.
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Strategic Marine will build the eight offshore windfarm crew service vessels, including options for Njord Offshore, a subsidiary of Norse Management UK.
Developed from BMT’s range of support vessels, each will have a length of 20m and beam of 7m.
The vessels will be built to DNV Wind Farm Service I notation and each of them will be powered by twin MTU 8V2000M72 diesel engines capable of speeds in excess of 25 knots.
All of the vessels will be built at Strategic Marine’s Singapore shipyard, allowing Njord to closely supervise and involve itself in the build project.
The first vessel is expected to be delivered later in 2012 and the others will follow through to the first quarter of 2013.
Image: BLRT Marketex will build four new 24m WSV for the UK-based operator Sure Wind Marine. Photo: BMT Nigel Gee.