LD Tide Orders Hybrid CTV from Strategic Marine

LD Tide, a joint venture between French shipping company Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) and UK-based Tidal Transit, has ordered a hybrid-ready crew transfer vessel (CTV) from Singapore-based Strategic Marine to add to its fleet of vessels servicing offshore wind farms in France.

LD Tide Strategic Marine CTV
Strategic Marine

LD Tide currently owns and manages a fleet of three CTVs to transfer technicians to the 480 MW Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm, located about 20nm off the coast of France.

The order for the StratCat 27 newbuild designed by BMT is the first the company has placed for a vessel to be built at a non-French yard.

According to Strategic Marine, the 27-metre vessel was designed for optimal operational efficiency across a wide range of loading conditions, with a hull form that maximises waterline length and reduces emissions and fuel consumption.

The vessel will be able to achieve a maximum speed of 26 knots.

Through Strategic Marine’s collaboration with Sea Forrest Power Solutions and Danfoss Power Solutions, a retrofittable hybrid power solution is available. The vessel will also have enough space to accommodate 24 personnel and three crew members.

“We are excited to be working with Strategic Marine on this new project and are confident the new vessel will contribute to our fleet operations as we position ourselves as a key player of the French offshore wind industry,” said Edouard Louis-Dreyfus, President of Louis Dreyfus Armateurs.

A few days ago, Siemens Gamesa selected LD Tide to provide a CTV that will be used for the operation and maintenance of the 497 MW Fécamp offshore wind farm in France.

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