Meet the Phantom: CWind’s largest offshore crew-transfer vessel

CWind, a provider of services to the offshore wind industry, announced that it has invested in the company’s largest crew-transfer vessel to date. Newly named the CWind Phantom, the 27.4-m catamaran can hold 20,000 liters of fuel and has a 20-ton cargo capacity, making her suitable for longer stretches of work at wind farms located further from shore.

With the addition of the new Phantom, CWind’s fleet now totals 18. The company also has access to additional cable installation and maintenance vessels via its parent company, Global Marine Systems Ltd.

“Our experience on the world’s largest offshore wind farms has helped us build a diverse range of vessels that meet the changing needs of our valued clients,” said Lee Andrews, Managing Director for Power at CWind. “Transporting technicians quickly, safely, and comfortably to and from sites, even in tough weather conditions, is critical to offshore project performance.”

Featuring an aluminum hull with 8m beam width and 1.4m draft, CWind Phantom can carry containers in a combination of configurations, while an on board crane can lift 1.1 tons at 5m outreach.

The jet-driven vessel is powered by two MAN D2862 main engines and is capable of reaching a maximum speed of 27kn.

“The CWind Phantom is designed to exhibit reliability, superior fuel efficiency, high transfer height during operations, and a large, flexible payload capability, all crucial specifications for the harsh conditions far from shore,” added Andrews. “Highly seaworthy and with impressive seakeeping ability, the CWind Phantom is also extremely maneuverable for a vessel of her size, with a proven and reliable propulsion combination.”

Built in 2015, the CWind Phantom can carry up to 12 passengers, with berths for eight people. The accommodation is fully air-conditioned and heated, and offers all the amenities required to remain at sea for extended periods, including a dedicated meeting space.


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