GustoMSC unveils feeder vessel solution

In: Vessels
GustoMSC has unveiled a new Steady Top Feeder Vessel (STFV) solution for the transportation and installation of offshore wind turbines.

This specially designed transport vessel will be able to load wind turbine generator components in port and transport them directly to the field. At the site, in dynamic positioning mode, a dedicated wind turbine installation Jack-up will be able to lift-off components from a motion compensation platform. The motion-compensation system is based on the existing BM-T700 platform by BargeMaster. The installation vessel can stay infield and is supplied with components, eliminating the need for it to transition back and forth.

Via the skidding system, components are transferred from storage position to the motion-compensation platform for lift-off. GustoMSC stated that optimized main dimensions and hull design offer a high transit speed, improved motion behavior for maximum workability, low air-draft and a small beam for increased port access and a low depth to allow for port loading using multi-wheelers (SPMTs).

GustoMSC stated that the STFV offers an alternative to the self-transiting installation vessel system when local or project-specific conditions make this less ideal. This is particularly in the case of the USA, where the Jones Act requires US flagged vessels to be used for the transportation of wind turbine components and where there are limited ports which can be accessed by large jack-ups.

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