The newbuild hybrid crew transfer vessel (CTV) Windea One, designed by Incat Crowther and built by Singapore’s Penguin Shipyard International, was delivered to Emden-based EMS Maritime Offshore.

Windea One is the world’s first CTV to utilise Volvo Penta’s new parallel hybrid system together with IPS propulsion and can be operated in an all-electric mode for up to six hours.

Built under the designation WindFlex-32, Windea One is based on Incat Crowther’s proven 32-metre CTV model. The hybrid vessel is IMO Tier III compliant and represents quite a change in the sustainability of the offshore wind support industry.

Following an inauguration ceremony in Germany earlier this month, Windea One will now be deployed by Ørsted to service its wind farms in the North Sea.

Capable of speeds of up to 28 knots and having a hydraulic knuckle-boom crane, capable of carrying loads of up to 50 tonnes, Windea One will be serviced by up to six crew and will transport up to 24 service personnel in safety and comfort between the European mainland and the North Sea.

It is also stated that the newbuild vessel incorporates Incat Crowther’s patented Resilient Bow Technology minimising boat landing impact forces.

“The inclusion of Volvo’s new parallel hybrid propulsion system in this vessel places EMS Maritime Offshore at the cutting edge of the industry. Not only can the vessel be operated in a fully electric mode, but there are also options to switch to biofuel, helping to further reduce emissions and the vessel’s impact on the environment,” said Ed Dudson, Managing Director of Incat Crowther Europe.