June 15, 2010
Austal unveils Wind Express series
Austal has unveiled a new range of high speed transfer vessels specifically designed for the offshore wind farm industry.
The series incorporates four vessels - Wind Express 17, Wind Express 19, Wind Express 28 and Wind Express 28 - Tri SWATH.
Hull forms range from a refined catamaran design for added stability and efficiency to the Austal-developed tri-SWATH hull form delivering unparalleled sea keeping and onboard comfort in up to sea state 6.
The Wind Express series combines fuel efficiency with advanced sea keeping characteristics, utilizing Austal's advanced hull design and engineering capabilities to deliver a reliable multi-purpose work boat platform.
Features include the option to install Austal's patented Ride Control System (RCS) - a first for offshore wind farm vessels - to ensure a safer, more productive platform, even in rough seas.
Austal Chief Operating Officer Andrew Bellamy said the vessels would introduce new levels of productivity and safety to the offshore wind farm industry.
"In this industry, reliability is paramount; not only in terms of machinery but also in the ability of the vessels to transfer personnel to and from wind turbines in comfort and safety," Mr Bellamy said.
"With our Wind Express series, we have introduced platforms that not only deliver reliability but also have the capacity to operate in rougher waters at higher speeds and greater efficiency. These are important characteristics as wind farms are constructed further offshore."
Characterized by their optimum passenger comfort and safety, each vessel in the Wind Express series can be further customized to suit specific sea conditions, routes, work space and payload requirements.
Austal says that, as the largest aluminum shipbuilder in the world, it has the unrivaled production capacity to facilitate fast, cost-effective delivery of multi-vessel fleets.