CWind Fulmar is part of CWind’s fleet of proven resin-infused composite vessels. To date, our vessels have been employed at more than 20 offshore wind farms in the UK and Germany. The vessel uses CTruk’s patent-applied moveable wheelhouse and modular pod system enabling her to perform multiple functions:
- Crew transfer
- Dive support
- Full O&M support
- 4t cargo 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.
The CWind Fulmar, the third SWATH 20 built by CTruk, boasts mixed-flow stainless-steel Rolls-Royce waterjets for a targeted 25% increased bollard pull. Coupled with the RR jets’ efficiencies, the optimised hull form improves the sea-keeping ability of the vessel while maintaining service speed, and boosts the already notable fuel efficiency of these composite craft.
Dave Quested, Fleet Director of CWind, commented on her naming in 2014: “We are delighted to receive the CWind Fulmar into our fleet. She is the 20th vessel CTruk has built, in what continues to be an outstanding local partnership. Of course we are extremely pleased that she is going straight out to a contract where she will hopefully not only meet, but exceed our clients’ expectations.”
20m SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull) for solid and stable handling
For technicians who face a tough commute and need to arrive in fit shape to scale the turbines for work, the SWATH hull form, which is designed to cut through the waves rather than ride over them, dramatically improves transit comfort even in rough seas. Motions are approximately a quarter of those of conventional catamarans, significantly increasing the current wave height limits for technician transfer. And tests have also shown that the force needed to hold her against the turbine’s transition piece is a quarter of that needed by a conventional workboat. Our SWATH vessels comfortably accommodate 12 passengers on fully adjustable seating, with air-conditioning, TV/DVD, Wi-Fi, DTV, changing area, WC and shower and hanging storage. CWind vessels can be chartered on their own or in combination with a range of our other service solutions.