Sea Trials Underway for First Surface-Effect-Ship Daughter Craft
Posted by Raymond Dean on August 6, 2018 10:30 AM EDT
The world’s first daughter craft based on surface-effect-ship technology has commenced sea trials at Vattenfall’s Horns Rev 1 and Ørsted’s Horns Rev 2 wind farms. The Sea Puffin is designed for the harsher weather conditions experienced at wind farms that are located far from shore.
The 15-meter long vessel employs an air cushion for active motion damping, resulting in access capabilities beyond conventional daughter craft vessels, whilst reducing fuel consumption and improving crew and passenger comfort during transit. The compact size also enables vessel deployment using a conventional 15-ton davit crane fitted onto a mothership. The vessel is designed for launch and recovery operations, however the Sea Puffin will be operated from port during this initial phase of testing and operation.