Njord Zenith Completes Sea Trials
Njord Zenith, a 27m crew transfer vessel (CTV) built to a BMT design for Njord Offshore, has completed sea trials, reaching a top speed of 27 knots.
Njord Zenith is the first of two 27m vessels built to a BMT design by Cheoy Lee Shipyards in China.
“We have a number of 26m CTV vessels operating that have been designed and built in accordance with Lloyd’s Register’s rules for Special Service Craft and the UK code for High Speed Offshore Service Craft,'' Jago Lawless, Technical Director at BMT, said.
''This 27m vessel however, is the first CTV designed by BMT that utilises a highly efficient Z-bow hull form. This hull form gives added waterline length resulting in excellent high-speed performance during transit, yet optimised zero-speed seakeeping performance, minimising the unwanted vertical buoyancy forces that may otherwise be experienced during push-up operations in head seas. Having a steady vessel during technician transfer is vital.”
To ensure the best performance can be achieved during these transfer operations, the vessel utilises the Active Fender System, exclusive to BMT, and is propelled by quad Volvo IPS 900.
With a maximum fuel bunkering capacity of 52,000L or a combined cargo/fuel capacity deadweight of up to 50 tonnes, the vessel has the capacity to transport up to 24 offshore personnel and includes a bridge design with full height front window for improved fore deck visibility, as well as docking whilst transporting containers.