Louis Dreyfus Armateurs has unveiled an order for a pair of new crew transfer vessels (CTVs) to expand its fleet from five to seven ships.

These two new CTVs, which will be built by Singapore’s Strategic Marine, will be sisterships to the Esti’Vent and Acti’Vent.

The shipyard Strategic Marine specialises in building vessels for supporting the offshore wind industry, reads Louis Dreyfus Armateurs statement.

The new vessels will be based on the StratCat 27 model and will be capable of accommodating 24 passengers.

The two new crew transfer vessels are expected to be delivered early 2025.

As the company explains, the decision to expand the CTV fleet comes at a time when numerous offshore wind farms are being developed in France, with more projects planned for the coming years.

“These new orders are part of the strategy to expand our Offshore Renewables business in France and Europe. We are anticipating the future needs of the rapidly evolving French offshore wind industry,” said Gaël Cailleaux, the renewables managing director at Louis Dreyfus Armateurs.