UK Backs Zero-emissions CTV Concept

September 15, 2021

Artemis Technologies has revealed concept artwork of a crew transfer vessel (CTV) propelled by its transformative eFoiler (Image: Artemis Technologies)
Artemis Technologies has revealed concept artwork of a crew transfer vessel (CTV) propelled by its transformative eFoiler (Image: Artemis Technologies)

A study, led by maritime design and applied technologies company Artemis Technologies has been awarded £533,000 to investigate transformative solutions to decarbonize crew transfer vessel (CTV) operations in the offshore wind sector.

The grant, announced at London International Shipping Week, has been awarded as part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK.

Artemis Technologies is partnering with CTV owner and operator Tidal Transit, offshore research technology organization ORE Catapult and classification society Lloyd’s Register to demonstrate the eFoiler electric propulsion system to drive down carbon emissions.

Dr. Iain Percy OBE, CEO at Artemis Technologies, said, “Operating for an average of 250 days a year, crew transfer vessels burn around 1,500 liters of diesel a day. Equating to almost 475,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions across the U.K. and EU annually, they are a major pollutant.

“With global offshore wind capacity set to soar over the coming decades, including the U.K. government targeting a four-fold increase by 2030, it is imperative that a solution to decarbonize CTV operations is brought to market quickly.

“We are pleased to be leading this project alongside a number of expert partners. Working together, industry can create the disruptive solutions required to enable the decarbonization of CTV operations in line with global goals to reduce CO2 emissions.”

The study will use digital twin technology and include a full mission simulation of an eFoiler propelled CTV undertaking crew transfer operations, as well as provide a regulatory roadmap towards certification of the technology.

Leo Hambro, Commercial Director, Tidal Transit, said, “As a green industry we need to find a way to utilize the vast quantity of cheap zero carbon electricity produced by our clients and shift away from our reliance on diesel. The eFoiler aims to deliver an electric solution that would work even at the most far from shore projects over time and will revolutionize the industry.”

Additionally, the companies are partnering on a £2.8 million project led by MJM Power which will test an on-turbine electrical vessel charging system.

Artemis Technologies is also part of the Northern Ireland Green Seas consortium, led by Power NI, which is receiving £398,000 in funding to investigate shore power and hydrogen bunkering solutions.

Announced in March 2020, and part of the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan to position the U.K. at the forefront of green shipbuilding and maritime technology, the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition is a £20 million investment from government alongside a further £10 million from industry to reduce emissions from the maritime sector. The program is supporting 55 projects across the U.K., including projects in Scotland, Northern Ireland and from the south-west to the north-east of England.



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