AWT’s order comprises six CTVs to be constructed by St. John’s Ship Building Inc. at its shipyard in Palatka, Florida. The first two vessels are expected to be delivered in summer 2023 and January 2024, respectively, with four further builds in the pipeline.
The vessels will be the first US-built CTVs to be compliant with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 4 regulations.
Building US Jones-Act Compliant vessels certified under US Coast Guard Subchapter L, these CTVs will be able to operate on any wind Farm in the US under the strict Safety and Inspection standards of the US Coast Guard, AWT said.
AWT operates the only two CTVs in the US under long-term contracts, servicing the Block Island Wind Farm and Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Farm.
AWT has seven years of operating experience in US offshore wind and has logged more than 6,600 TP connections and 25,000 personnel transfers.
The Ambitious is Chartwell’s flagship CTV design: a 25.2-m aluminum catamaran with capacity to transport 24 personnel to and from turbines with speed, safety and stability. Orders for the Ambitious class design are well into double-figures, with boats operating in Scotland, France and Virginia.