Best Ships Of 2016
Best Ships of 2016
In the words of the great (and now, Nobel Prize winner for Literature) Bob Dylan, “The times, they are a-changing.” The U.S. is finally entering the offshore wind industry—an industry long-established in Europe—with operations set to begin off the coast of Rhode Island at Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm, America’s first offshore wind farm. Helping to usher in the winds of change is Warren, RI-based Blount Boats. The boat builder delivered the Atlantic Pioneer, a true pioneer in the U.S. maritime industry, as it is the first U.S.-flagged Crew Transfer Vessel built for operations in the states. Atlantic Wind Transfers, a subsidiary of Rhode Island Fast Ferry, will operate the vessel. Touted as a “vessel to the future,” by Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor, the Atlantic Pioneer was designed by South Boats IOW, Cowes, Isle of Wight, U.K. Speaking about the Atlantic Pioneer, 16 Marine Log // December 2016
Charles A. Donadio, Jr., President of Atlantic Wind Transfers & Rhode Island Fast Ferry says, “Our company is excited to have partnered with both South Boats and Blount Boats to build this first Offshore Support Vessel in the U.S., we look forward to leading the way in the U.S. Offshore Wind Support sector.” The Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) features a special bow fendering system, the latest generation in fendering systems being installed in Europe, for bow boarding and loading transfers. Blount Boats has the exclusive licensing agreement with South Boats covering the U.S. offshore wind industry. The twin-hulled, all aluminum catamaran is dual certified to USCG Subchapter T (Small Passenger) to carry up to 47 passengers and subchapter L (Offshore Supply Vessel) to carry up to 16 offshore workers. The vessel is able to make transfers in 1.5 m significant wave heights.
The Atlantic Pioneer is 21.4 m in length, has a 7.3 m beam, and a draft of 1.24 m. It was designed to carry up to 12 tons of cargo in the bow and three tons of cargo in the stern. Its propulsion system is comprised of two MAN V12-1,400 hp engines, ZF Marine 3050 Gears, and Hamilton Jet HM571 waterjets. It can reach a sprint speed of 30 knots and has a service speed of 26 knots. A Cummins Onan 17 kW generator provides AC power to the air conditioning system, a heating system and small galley. A PTO driven hydraulic system powers a deck crane, a fire pump, fuel transfer pump, and a saltwater pressure washing system. All other equipment is fed DC power through house batteries. Atlantic Pioneer’s forward and aft decks are outfitted with cargo lashing and container sockets. It can carry 12 tons of cargo in the bow. A Palfinger PK 6500 knuckleboom crane is outfitted onto the bow area.
Above photo by Joan Sullivan, www.joansullivanphotography.com
First Crew Transfer Offshore Wind Vessel