Acta Marine’s first 24-pax CTV
Signifying its first mobilisation of a 24-passenger capacity Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV), Acta Marine’s Offshore Wielingen is currently carrying out crew transfer duties at the Arkona offshore wind farm in German waters. The increase in passenger capacity is a direct move to respond to increased demand from the European offshore wind sector.
“Since acquiring our CTV fleet, we have only operated vessels with a 12-person passenger capacity,” says Acta Marine’s Operations Coordinator Kerrie Forster. “However, due to a growing demand for more capacity in terms of industrial personnel carriage, we started investigating the option of expanding the Offshore Wielingen to meet the newly developed High Speed Offshore Service Craft Code, HS-OSC.”
And then, in late 2017, one of Acta Marine’s long-term clients approached the company with an enquiry for a 24-passenger CTV. This was the incentive to go ahead with the plans to modify Offshore Wielingen.
With the modification and re-certification works completed at South Boats IOW (now Diverse Marine) in April 2018, Offshore Wielingen started her first project as a 24-passenger CTV. This involved providing crew transfers on the Arkona Windfarm inter-array cable laying campaign.
“With this modification, we are continuing our provision of up-to-date vessels and abilities, while catering to the growing demand for these types of vessels,” concludes Forster. “And, of course, increasing our success rate for future projects.”