The paper describes recent development of vessel concepts and propulsion systems for high-speed crew transfer vessels within offshore wind and offshore oil & gas industries. Due to the increased global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, significant reductions in CO2 emissions also from high-speed water transport is needed. Electrification and the use of net zero carbon energy carriers such as batteries, hydrogen or other non-carbon synthetic fuels are necessary to obtain this. It is also necessary to reduce hull resistance and to select the most transport efficient vessel types. As an example of this trend, the recently built surface effect crew transfer vessel CWind Pioneer (picture above) is presented.
Low Emission Fast Vessels for Crew Transfer Operations
Skomedal , Nere G., and Trygve H. Espeland. "Low Emission Fast Vessels for Crew Transfer Operations." Paper presented at the SNAME International Conference on Fast Sea Transportation, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, October 2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.5957/FAST-2021-011
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