US shipyard lays keep for Vineyard Wind CTV

St Johns Shipbuilding announced the commencement of Hull 169 construction with a keel laying ceremony for the Incat Crowther 30 Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) which will support the Vineyard Wind 1 offshore wind farm off Martha’s Vineyard. The CTV is scheduled to be delivered in 2023 and will be operated by WINDEA CTV LLC. The vessel will first operate out of New Bedford, MA, during the Vineyard Wind I construction period.

St. Johns Ship Building was recently acquired by Americraft Marine Group, a maritime subsidiary of the U.S.-headquartered privately-owned business group, the Libra Group.

"This ceremony is a very proud moment for Americraft Marine, as it represents the first keel laying ceremony at St. Johns Ship Building under our ownership and is the culmination of a lot of hard work from the outstanding team at St. Johns," said Ed Sheets, executive vice president and director of business strategy for Americraft Marine Group. "We could not be happier to have Hornblower and their partners return to St. Johns Ship Building to build the vessels that will help America move closer towards energy independence and a cleaner, healthier environment for generations to come." 

The construction of this series of Incat-designed vessels also signals the official launch of St. Johns Ship Building's new focus on dedicated high-speed aluminum vessel production. The Incat 30 is a 30-meter crew transport vehicle with a max speed of 29 knots and made of marine-grade aluminum.

"The employees at St. Johns Ship Building continue to work hard to augment our well-equipped facility to support a diversified product line, which already includes several steel and aluminum projects," said Jeff Bukoski, president of St. Johns Ship Building. "Our efforts are reinforcing the industrial strength of U.S. shipbuilding, and we remain prepared to construct and repair almost all of the various vessel types that will be required to support the future of this country's offshore wind development needs."

Vineyard Wind 1 is being developed by a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc., and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP). The project is an 800 MW wind farm to be installed 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. It is poised to be the first commercial scale offshore wind project in the United States. The project is expected generate electricity for more than 400,000 homes and businesses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

It will feature 62 of GE renewable Energy's 13 MW Haliade-X turbines. Power will come ashore via and offshore substation and export cables making landfall at Covell's Beach for integration into national grid using an onshore substation.