The innovative and newly set up ship builder Wallaby Boats GmbH (WB), has decided in the investment to build the world’s first crew transfer vessel/daughter craft (CTV/DC) with a suspension system.
The suspension system, developed and designed by Nauti-Craft Pty Ltd based Western Australia
The demonstrator “WB-18 Wind”, will be an 18 meter vessel equipped with the ‘WB wind-module’ in order to act as a CTV in the offshore wind industry. The wind-module can be modified to sit and optionally sleep a variable number of industrial personnel. The normal arrangement sits 23 industrial personnel in total, 18 persons in the module cabin plus five in the cockpit area.
“I started working on this project in 2015, when I tested the 8,5 meter demonstrator in Australia. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to operate the world’s first commercial boat with a suspension system. All my team is committed to this project and we are convinced that this new technology will be a game-changer in the offshore wind industry as well as in pilot transfer operations worldwide.” (Harald Hübner, Managing Director OFFCON GmbH)
Vessel will be built in Kiel (GER), delivery is planned in 12/2021