Austal wins contract to build wind farm support vessel

Australian shipbuilding company Austal has confirmed a contract for a fourth wind-farm support vessel for Holyhead-based Turbine Transfers.

The order is the first for a new Austal design that will enable safer and more efficient offshore wind turbine service.

This design combines the seakeeping and fuel efficiency benefits of Austal’s trimaran hull configuration with a small waterplane area at rest, to deliver low vessel motions both in transit and when alongside turbines.

This enables wind-farm personnel to be successfully transferred in considerably higher sea states than is practical with catamarans of similar size