Diverse Marine to build new Iceni CTV

Diverse Marine

Isle of Wight based shipyard Diverse Marine Ltd. and Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) operator Turner Iceni have signed a contract for the construction of a newbuild vessel, Iceni Valour.

The 24m offshore wind crew transfer vessel has been designed by Walker Marine Design of Southampton to meet the specific requirements of Turner Iceni and Gwynt Y Môr Offshore Wind Farm Ltd., who have the vessel under long term charter from next year.

The vessel design includes a hull form suited to the prevailing wave conditions on site. Other considerations include a resilient superstructure to minimise structure borne vibration noise levels throughout the saloon and wheelhouse, flat working decks forward and aft with ramped side decks and simplified systems to maximise reliability and ease of maintenance by the crew and shore side support teams.

The vessel is to be powered by MANV12-1400 main engines coupled to ZF gears and Hamilton HM651 waterjets complete with AVX control system, featuring JetAnchor GPS positioning system. Humphree ride control system provides active stabilisation and improved performance/reduced fuel consumption in varied load and trim conditions.

Ben Colman, Director of Diverse Marine: “We are delighted to continue our working relationship with Turner Iceni and to be awarded the contract to build the ‘Iceni Valour’. A great deal of work has gone into developing this design to ensure optimum performance for the project it is committed to on long term charter. To have signed our fifth new build in two years is incredible and these vessels slot nicely into our scheduling alongside refit and repair projects. We are humbled and very thankful for Turner Iceni’s support and we look forward to delivering this project on budget and on time early next year.”

Richard Thurlow of Turner Iceni: “It is great to place our first new build in three years with Diverse Marine; their performance delivering three major refits over the last twelve months gave us every confidence in their ability to deliver to the highest standards and it has been a pleasure developing our requirements with them. We have had to meet our client’s requirements for a long term charter and also integrate and develop our Turner Iceni core DNA to develop this new next generation platform that we can develop to suit other projects and charter opportunities”.