On Friday, St. Johns Ship Constructing held a keel laying ceremony for its second crew switch vessel (CTV) for Rhode Island-based Atlantic Wind Transfers (AWT). The Chartwell-designed aluminum catamaran can transport 24 folks to and from offshore wind generators for restore and repair operations, and AWT has ordered a sequence of six from St. Johns’ yard in Florida.
The “Bold” class, Chartwell Marine’s high finish CTV design for AWT, might be Jones Act-compliant Subchapter L boats. Atlantic Wind Transfers expects that they are going to be busy on the water from day one. “AWT and its workforce are wanting ahead to launching these CTVs within the months to return and placing them proper to work,” mentioned Charles Donadio, Jr., AWT’s founder.
AWT at the moment operates the one two crew switch vessels within the U.S., serving the Block Island Wind Farm for Orsted and the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Farm (CVOW) for Dominion Vitality.
“We’re very happy to earn the belief of Charles Donadio, Jr. and the groups working with Atlantic Wind Transfers. This keel laying ceremony represents the second Chartwell-designed Bold now beneath building as we work arduous to maintain facility and infrastructure enhancements simply forward of our building targets,” mentioned Jeff Bukoski, President of St Johns Ship Constructing and VP of Enterprise Growth of Americraft Marine Group.
Final 12 months, St. Johns Ship Constructing was acquired by Americraft, a subsidiary of privately-held Libra Group. “There may be enormous demand for Jones Act vessels to be constructed and there are usually not sufficient yards to do it,” Libra Group chairman and chief govt George Logothetis informed Reuters on the time. The corporate plans additional investments in American shipyards serving renewable vitality initiatives.