Built in 2013, the CWind Adventure is part of CWind’s fleet of proven MPC 19 resin-infused composite vessels. To date, these vessels have been employed at more than 20 offshore wind farms in the UK and Germany.
The vessel uses a moveable wheelhouse and modular pod system enabling her to perform multiple functions:
- Crew transfer
- Refuelling (16t fuel capacity)
- Optional ‘Argo cat’ amphibious rescue craft
- Survey vessel with moon pool attachment
- Dive support vessel
- Full O&M support
- Large payload capacity
Features include fully air-conditioned, personalised suspension seating for passengers and crew, lockers and shelving for technician bags, microwave, fridge, hot water, and changing area.
CWind Adventure, launched in April 2013, completed its first 24 months in service with just 11 hours’ total down time. She was the first of CWind’s vessel to commence work for Siemens at Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm. In her first year of service alone, she travelled 150,000 miles and completed more than 15,500 transfers.
Pete Richards, skipper and part-owner of the CWind Adventure, says: “In our 24 months on site we have only had 11 hours’ downtime; this is a testament to all our crew on board, who provide a high level of service to the technicians and carry out the maintenance schedule on the vessel to the exacting standards set. Knowing the vessel is capable of this level of performance is incentive to us to continue to work hard to make sure we give the best possible service to CWind’s clients and our passengers.”
19m resin-infused composite catamarans
CTruk’s MPC 19 has evolved from the original design, now using a modular three-section-pod comprising a wheelhouse, accommodation pod and porch module. The improved design offers exciting operational flexibility as well as enhanced deck space options.
The MPC 19 offers well-proven and documented versatility. They can handle tasks ranging from crew transfer, generator management, refuelling and food deliveries to accommodation vessels. Overall, they represent the most cost-effective vessel design for both construction and O&M phases:
- Comfortably accommodates 12 passengers.
- A flexible modular pod system enables quick reconfiguration to adapt to the tasks in hand, including crew transfer, refuelling, rescue vessel, as a survey or dive support vessel, as well as numerous other functions.
- A very cost-effective package, including class-leading fuel efficiency averaging 150l/h@23 kn – burning half the fuel of a comparable alloy crew vessel.
- A solid performer (availability of our fleet while on contract averaged 98% in 2014).
- An innovative amphibious rescue pod (the fast response ‘Avenger’ amphibious rescue craft), can be launched from the vessels to carry out rescues on dried-out sands.
CWind vessels can be chartered on their own or in combination with a range of our other service solutions.
Supporting construction, operation and maintenance
CWind manages one of the largest fleets of crew transfer vessels in the industry. Ranging in size and capabilities, our vessels have proven useful assets in the construction and O&M of more than 20 offshore wind farms in the North Sea, Irish Sea, and Baltic Sea. Most are resin-infused composite boats built by Brightlingsea and Colchester-based boat builder, CTruk.
CWind’s boat-share scheme gives owner/operators better access to the local offshore wind farm market with the backing of an experienced operator. We aim to offer wind farm operators the best of both worlds: the proactive approach of the owner/operator, combined with the qualified management and SHEQ procedures of CWind. Our scheme means that experienced skippers can enter into a vessel joint venture with CWind and part-invest in one of our vessels, with CWind managing the contracts and finances, through to the SHEQ procedures. And importantly, it also means our clients get an unparalleled can-do attitude!