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Offshore Wind: BAR aims to deploy US Crew Transfer Vessels by 2024

Marine engineering consultancy BAR Technologies (BAR) announced Wednesday that its low-emission Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) design, the BARTech 30, will be available for the first US offshore wind projects in 2024, after bids at available from several US shipyards.

BAR said Wednesday it will meet with the supply chain of US offshore wind vessels at a workboat show in New Orleans this week, pending licensing deals under which the CTV-type will be built in the US

“As the burgeoning US offshore wind industry begins to consolidate project timelines, there is an opportunity for developers to take advantage of the latest low-carbon and fuel-efficient designs for offshore wind workboats and crew transfer vessels, and skip many of the less-efficient legacy designs emerging from the European offshore wind development,” said BAR.

“With the Biden administration targeting up to 30GW for the US offshore wind market, and with many of these projects located far out at sea, diesel fuel consumption for workboat operators serving the market can be significant. More efficient CTV designs, however, even those that do not utilize retrofitting of efficient technologies such as foiling or involve entirely new hull shapes, represent an opportunity to save operators significant fuel costs,” the company said.

As the US offshore wind market includes a number of European developers managing joint-venture projects, European markets’ focus on emission reductions will also become part of the US offshore wind industry over time, BAR said.

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As the US offshore wind market accelerates rapidly, BAR says there is a real opportunity to do so Bypass some of the more lengthy learning processes which are only now making it possible to put more efficient CTVs with lower CO2 emissions into service in Europe.

“With keen interest in US domestic licensing of the BARTech 30 CTV – a type already chartered at UK offshore wind farm Sheringham Shoal – BAR anticipates that its vessel design will be available to power the first major US offshore to support projects as they go into construction,” the company said.

“The US offshore wind market has tremendous potential,” he said John Cooper, Chief Executive Officer, BAR Technologies. “But this potential is not limited to the scope of its projects and rapid pace of development. Likewise, there’s a tremendous opportunity to bypass many of the rather lengthy growth processes — and one of them is this rapid deployment of the latest greener and leaner workboats.”

“Across the European markets, a number of forward-thinking wind farm operators recognize not only the significant opportunity to reduce fuel consumption in the fleets servicing their projects, but also the reputational risk of continuing to use outdated, inefficient ship designs.”

“As some of these same operators are now developing projects in a new market, we expect some will try to capitalize on some of the innovations they have in Europe and in the US.”

According to the company, the BARTech 30, with its 30m ProA design and active foiling systems to correct pitch and roll, is able to minimize vessel movements and fuel consumption – resulting in an average Increase in stability over all sea conditions by up to 70% and a 30% reduction in overall emissions over a typical operating profile – making the vessel one of the first low-emission vehicles (LEVs) to serve offshore wind farms.

Additionally, because the vessel can operate in more challenging conditions than current catamaran designs, BAR says offshore wind turbines can be serviced over a greater number of sea states, ensuring wind farm owners have more opportunities to deliver better, more cost-effective turbine maintenance.