Strategic Marine delivered the StratCat multi-purpose service vessel (MSV) to Njord Offshore.
The Njord Odin. Image from Njord.
The MSV is capable of transporting up to 24 crew, and is a first in its class in three particulars.
“We are very pleased to have a supplied a ‘triple first’ to our client,” explains Reece Newbold, Strategic group business development manager. “Number one, this is the very first commercial quad IPS installation on a vessel. Number two, it has the distinction of being the first IPS quad fitted on a catamaran. And number three, it’s the world’s first IPS version 900 quad installation on any vessel, ever.”
The StratCat is the first of four in a series of 26m vessels ordered by UK-based Njord. Strategic, a member of the TriYards Group with facilities in Australia, Singapore and Vietnam, previously built eight 21m crew transport vessels for Njord which, like these larger new vessels, were purpose-made to spearhead the European windfarm service industry in quality, operability, and crew comfort.
The StratCat cruises at 25 knots via quad installation of Volvo IPS drive units, each generating 700hp for total 2800hp. The vessel is also capable of achieving 23knots in redundancy mode with one main engine down. Its intuitive joystick docking (main control, two wing joysticks and rescue zone joystick) and dynamic positioning system allow precision control when manoeuvring onto a wind turbine, exceeding all performance standards at sea and ensuring the greatest possible safety during crew transfers.
Its 77sq m of clear deck and container carriage space, a SWL 2.5-tonne at 8m knuckle boom crane, accommodation for 10, shower facilities, full galley and mess, provides a state-of-the-art transport vessel with comfort, handling and thrust capabilities second to none.
“The StratCat, co-designed by BMT, not only breaks new ground as an installation ‘triple first’, it fully accounts for all operational parameters required to safely and efficiently transfer crew to offshore wind turbines,” says Newbold. “As you would imagine, we’re justifiably proud of our achievement,” says Newbold.