SeaZip Offshore Service takes over the CTVs, built in 2018, from Wind Energy Marine. Within the offshore energy market, they are known as the WEM 1 and WEM 2. Both vessels have an excellent reputation and track record. Jan Reier Arends, Owning Manager of SeaZip, calls the purchase a price competitive alternative to new vessel building projects.
Jet propulsion CTVs for more flexibility and capacity
“Given the acceleration that the offshore wind industry is facing this year, we have been exploring options to expand our fleet and services for some time. With the doubling of aluminium prices and the long delivery times of equipment, newbuilding’s are is currently hardly profitable. So, this is a great opportunity for us to deliver the offshore energy industry more service, capacity, and flexibility.”
The extra flexibility is in the propulsion technology. Unlike SeaZip’s Damen FCS 2610 vessels, which are equipped with a fixed propeller, jet propulsion crew transfer vessels are optimally deployable in shallow water. Given the increasing demand for this option, Arends expects a quick match with ongoing offshore wind projects for both vessels, which will sail as SeaZip 7 and SeaZip 8.
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The expansion of the SeaZip fleet with these two 24 PAX jet propulsion crew transfer vessels coincides with a major upgrade of the CTVs SeaZip 3 to 6. They are currently being converted from 12 to 24 PAX vessels to better meet the changing transport demand. In addition to deploying its own vessels, SeaZip Offshore Service carries out the commercial management of various crew transfer and support vessels. As of May, the total fleet consists of 6 fast and manoeuvrable offshore service vessels with experienced crews. For current information about rapid deployment, we refer to our weekly availability update.