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UMOE provides high-speed crew transfer vessels for offshore installations

Published 30 June 2022 (updated 7 Feb 2024) · 2 min read

At a glance

  • Excellent fuel economy, fewer CO₂ emissions
  • Low maintenance costs
  • Excellent seakeeping ability

WAVECRAFT Surface Effect Ships (SES) are high-speed vessels for medium to long-range transportation of service personnel.

Offshore wind is becoming an increasingly important source of renewable energy. In 2018, there were 18 new offshore wind projects constructed in Europe alone.

The growth in offshore wind farms will increase the need for fast, safe, energy-efficient crew transfer vessels.

Light, resilient crew transfer vessels

WAVECRAFT™ vessels are specifically built for fast, safe and efficient transportation of service personnel to offshore installations such as wind farms and oil platforms. The structural design of the vessels enables safe, high-speed operations in shallow and confined areas. All vessels are equipped with a sophisticated motion control system, which compensates for vertical wave motion, enabling safe access to wind turbines, offshore installations and other vessels.

WAVECRAFT vessels are constructed out of light and resilient composite sandwich materials – two-thirds the weight of aluminium and one-fourth the weight of steel, but just as strong. Reducing the weight of the vessel helps to reduce fuel consumption by up to 30 per cent, along with associated emissions.

Concrete benefits

Due to their air-cushion catamaran design, weight and onboard technology, WAVECRAFT™ vessels have low power requirements and high fuel economy. This in turn helps to cut CO₂ emissions.

The vessels can operate at up to twice the speed and wave height as equivalent vessels on the market, ensuring a safer, more comfortable journey for crew and passengers.

The vessel is built with composite sandwich materials that require little maintenance, thereby increasing vessel lifetime and cutting maintenance costs.

Umoe Mandal boat on the ocean
WAVECRAFT Umoe Rapid offers exceptional speed, seakeeping ability, passenger comfort and safe boarding.

Market potential

The global offshore wind market is expected to grow from an estimated USD 27 billion in 2017 to some USD 55 billion by 2022. The demand for crew transfer vessels and other service vessels for offshore wind will grow at a pace.

The WAVECRAFT™ vessel series is manufactured by Umoe Mandal, a leading shipbuilding company with more than 30 years’ experience in designing, building and delivering advanced vessels.

Crew carrier vessel
WAVECRAFT Umoe Firmus.

Are Søreng

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