First Of Class Ctruk MPC22 Launched
Mon, 01 December 2014
The first-of-class CTruk MPC22, CWind Sword, was launched this week ahead of sea trials and imminent deployment to Germany. The 22m multi-role composite workboat has been built for leading offshore wind service provider CWind and its boat share partner, Ventus Workboats. CWind Sword will start work on a CWind contract for EnBW on the Baltic 2 offshore wind farm in December.
Built to Bureau Veritas classification rules, the CTruk MPC22 is a 22m multi-purpose catamaran with 7.5m beam and 1.25m draft constructed from advanced FRP composite for weight-saving strength. With a 20 tonne flexible payload capability and the ability to carry 24,000 litres of fuel, she is designed to deal with rougher seas, longer transits and tougher assignments whilst maximising passenger and crew comfort.
New features on this vessel include a protected controllable pitch propeller (CPP) system which, coupled with the Volvo D13 engines on CWind Sword, will give optimal bollard pull and service speeds, significantly enhancing the already renowned fuel efficiency of CTruk’s composite cats and still allowing the boat to take the ground and dry out at low water.
CTruk’s patented moveable wheelhouse and modular deck pod system will enable the vessel to fulfil multiple roles; transferring technicians in ultimate comfort or equipment such as cranes, transfer systems and rescue vehicles on 72m² of deck space.
The CTruk MPC22, with its high performance capability, is eagerly awaited at CWind. Chairman Chris Randle commented: “The MPC22 builds on the versatile design features of the successful CTruk MPC19 [formerly CTruk 20T MPC] which has had an outstanding level of mechanical reliability and this has translated into excellent availability on contracts. This new workboat will be a great addition to the CWind fleet and we fully expect that the performance of this vessel will be outstanding in both the construction and O&M market, with its enhanced design, speed, comfort and transfer capability. I am very excited to see the benefits this vessel will bring to both CWind and our customers.”
The vessel will be named CWind Sword during an informal ceremony today in Brightlingsea, a befitting remembrance of the beach of the same name where the grandfather of one of the three ex-Royal Marines that form Ventus Workboats landed during World War II.