AFAI Southern Shipyard has delivered two 35m hybrid Incat Crowther crew transfer vessels (CTVs) to MHO-Co for the Hornsea Two offshore wind farm.
The two CTVs, MHO Asgard and MHO Apollo, that were developed in collaboration with Danfoss and Volvo Penta, will be powered by an advanced propulsion system that comprises a pair of diesel drivetrains and a pair of diesel-electric drivetrains, each driving Volvo Penta IPS drives. The main diesel engines are Volvo Penta D13s, producing 515kW each.
The generators used for the diesel-electric propulsion train are Volvo Penta D8-MH units. A further three of these units are located in the hulls amidship, alongside a Volvo Penta D5 used as a harbour generator.
The system will offer exceptional flexibility, allowing the vessel to operate in zero-emission electric mode for up to 8 hours, or in combination with diesel propulsion for a maximum speed of twenty-five knots, according to Incat Crowther, which developed and designed the vessels in cooperation with MHO-Co.
MHO Asgard and MHO Apollo will be able to accommodate 24 technicians in mid-deck cabins with a comfortable saloon for technicians located on the main deck with 24 suspended seats, lockers, a pantry and a separate mess.
”Designing and building hybrid CTVs is a huge step in the environmental direction, and I am proud that we at MHO-Co have found partners who share our vision for sustainable development in the offshore industry,” says MHO-Co CEO and founder, Mik Henriksen.
MHO-Co signed a contract with the AFAI shipyard in China for the construction of the two vessels in June 2020, after an order from Ørsted for its Hornsea Two offshore wind farm. The contract for MHO Asgard and MHO Apollo was not the first for MHO-Co with the offshore wind developer, as the company delivered crew transfer vessels for the Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm in 2019, also of an Incat Crowther design.