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he development offshore wind will play a critical role in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Clean Energy Standard. The Governor wants to produce 50% of the state’s electricity needs from renewables by 2030. He has proposed developing 2.4 GW of offshore wind power by 2030— the largest such commitment yet in the U.S. Over the next two years, New York plans to procure at least 800 MW of wind energy. Several other states, such as Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Virginia have unveiled their own offshore wind development plans. The news of offshore wind farms has piqued the interest of some small shipyards and suppliers, who are looking to penetrate emerging markets. Among them is Blount Boats, Warren, RI, which built the Atlantic Pioneer, the first and as-yet only U.S.-flag newbuild Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV), to support the Block Island Wind Farm. The shipyard has secured the exclusive license in the U.S. to build designs from South Boats of Isle of Wight. The 21.1m Atlantic Pioneer’s propulsion system consists

of two 1,400 hp MAN V12 diesel engines, ZF Marine 3050 Gears, and Hamilton Jet HM571 waterjets. Meanwhile, at last year’s Workboat Show, Blount Boats unveiled a 22m CTV that will be outfitted with four 800-hp Scania 16L V-8. The design offers operators an

Offshore wind farms have piqued the interest of both shipyards and suppliers. EPA Tier 3 compliant solution, with the power, reliability, and speed they are looking for in a CTV. The 21.4m x 19m aluminum hull catamaran is expected to reach service speeds of 26 knots and sprint speeds of 30 knots. The propulsion system will consist of four ZF model 550 gearboxes and four

Hamilton Jet HM461 waterjets with MEC’s Control Systems. Scania engines are known for their power-to-weight ratio. Timed also with last year’s Workboat Show, Scania launched a new six-cylinder, 13-liter inline engine. The new engine, which combines new power levels ranging from 650 to 925 hp with reduced fuel consumption. It uses common rail XPI fuel injection technology to reach higher power levels and lower fuel consumption—a technology the company began offering in 2015. As well as lowering fuel consumption and noise levels, the common-rail XPI fuel injection system also gives a faster engine response and a quicker torque build-up. When the new engine range was unveiled, Alberto Alcalá, Marine Sales Manager at Scania USA, pointed out that it would provide “planing workboats a solution that meets their commercial power needs, exceeds other competitor engines’ duty-cycles while meeting emissions requirements. The high power and weight savings will allow designers the flexibility to add these EPA Tier 3 engines, up to 800 hp, without needing complex aftertreatment.” March 2018 // Marine Log 27

Marine Log March 2018  
Marine Log March 2018