Purus Marine has announced the acquisition of HST Marine, a UK-based provider of Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs) to the offshore wind industry.
HTS’s fleet of CTVs includes one of the industry’s first battery hybrid vessels, the Chartwell-designed HST Ella.
The 26-metre vessel is able to carry 24 industrial personnel and uses Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO30) as fuel – a market first for a CTV.
HST Ella features an electric motor that sits alongside a diesel engine to drive a high-performance changeable pitch propeller (CPP) system.
Post-acquisition, Purus Wind, Purus Marine’s offshore wind business, will employ around 100 people in the UK and Norway offering battery hybrid CTVs, offshore wind construction/service operation vessels (C/SOV), inspection drones, and other services.
“We are delighted to find a partner in Purus, who shares our strong commitment to providing low-carbon solutions for the construction and operation of offshore wind farms, and who is well positioned to support our growth,” said Tom Nevin, Chief Executive Officer of HST, who will serve as the Business Head of Purus Wind.
Purus Marine was established in April 2021 by the London-based asset management firm, EnTrust Global.
The maritime holding company revealed its offshore wind expansion plans last year with an agreement to acquire a large hybrid-electric SOV.
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