BAR Technologies new partnership

The new 30m vessel will incorporate the latest hydrofoil technology

Industry Database

BAR Technologies is to partner with Chartwell Marine to develop the next generation of offshore wind crew transfer vessels.

BAR Technologies was set up in 2016 to build on the design and technical skills developed through the naval architect team’s involvement in the America’s Cup, headed by Sir Ben Ainslie.

This latest partnership is aimed at developing new vessel designs from 30m transfer vessels to 60m service accommodation and transfer vessels.

BAR’s patented foil optimisation and stabilisation system will be incorporated into the design together with the latest innovations in hydrofoil technology.

John Cooper, CEO, BAR Technologies said the market is well served by existing designs including the Chartwell 24 catamaran but the trend for building further out at sea presents new challenges in the form of longer journeys and potentially rougher waters.

Advanced seakeeping

“We see the Chartwell 24 and BAR 30m vessels as natural partners,” he said.

“The former provides high versatility, high payload and large deck space, while the latter demonstrates up to 50% fuel efficiency savings at 15 knots and advanced seakeeping at speed, which is particularly noticeable on longer journeys – as well as great static seakeeping attributes.”

There is also a demand for greater efficiency and lower fuel burn.

And he said the new 30m vessel can reduce vertical acceleration by up to 70% in 2.5m wave heights, helping with motion sickness and offering greater levels of availability in rougher seas.

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