VESSEL REVIEW | CWind Pesanach – Fast, versatile crewboat for Taiwanese waters

VESSEL REVIEW | CWind Pesanach – Fast, versatile crewboat for Taiwanese waters

Photo: IOG

CWind Taiwan, a joint venture between UK-based CWind and Taiwanese vessel operator the International Ocean Group (IOG), has acquired a new windfarm support catamaran crewboat built by Singapore’s Penguin International.

Classed by Bureau Veritas, the aluminium-hulled CWind Pesanach is the eleventh vessel to join IOG’s offshore fleet, which also includes a platform supply vessel and survey craft. The crewboat, which was acquired in anticipation of a growing number of offshore wind projects in Taiwan, has since been reflagged and is now deployed off the coast of Changhua county to support the activities of a local project developer.

The newbuild has a length of 27 metres, a moulded beam of nine metres, a design draught of 1.4 metres, and a moulded depth of 3.85 metres. The spacious forward deck has an area of 60 square metres and can accommodate one 20-foot ISO container. Alternatively, three 10-foot containers or up to 20 tonnes of assorted cargo can be transported on each voyage. The deck is also fitted with a Palfinger Marine knuckle boom crane to aid in the loading and unloading of cargo.

The main cabin has business class-style seats for a maximum of 24 technicians. The cabin also has three LCD television screens and a wet room with its own shower cubicle and two toilet cubicles. The crew spaces include five single cabins, two cubicles with shower, a mess, and a washer and dryer room. The upper deck also has a refreshment area.

Four Scania DI16 engines connected to four Hamilton HM521 waterjets to deliver a maximum speed of 29 knots and a service speed of approximately 25.5 knots. These also enable the crewboat to achieve a bollard pull of 14.5 tonnes. A passive interceptor system from Humphree is also fitted.

The onboard navigation and communication electronics include an Area A2 GMDSS, Simrad radars, Sailor radios, a Vingtor public address system, a McMurdo EPIRB, and a Lilley and Gillie compass. Electrical power for all onboard systems is supplied by two Kohler 41ekW generators.

Photo: IOG

The crewboat is also fully equipped with lifesaving gear in compliance to SOLAS. On either side of the vessel is a 35-person liferaft while 35 lifejackets and 30 immersion suits are also available. There are rescue zones on port and starboard as well as eight lifebuoys, pyrotechnics, and a line-throwing apparatus. There is also an onboard firefighting system that uses aerosol as a retardant.

Although it is designed primarily for crew transfer duties, CWind Pesanach will also undertake secondary functions such as providing support for general surveys and unexploded ordnance surveys.

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CWind Pesanach
Type of vessel: Crewboat
Classification: BV | ✠Hull •Mach Wind Farms Service Ship – M0, Sea Area 3
Flag: Taiwan
Owners: CWind, UK; International Ocean Group, Taiwan
Operator: CWind Taiwan
Designer: Penguin International, Singapore
Builder: Penguin International, Singapore
Hull construction material: Aluminium
Length overall: 27 metres
Beam: 9.0 metres
Draught: 1.4 metres
Depth: 3.85 metres
Deadweight tonnage: 50
Gross tonnage: 230
Net tonnage: 69
Main engines: 4 x Scania DI16
Propulsion: 4 x HamiltonJet HM521
Generators: 2 x Kohler, each 41 ekW
Maximum speed: 29 knots
Cruising speed: 25.5 knots
Bollard pull: 14.5 tonnes
Radars: Simrad Argus 12U; Simrad Halo20+;
Depth sounder: Simrad S3009
Radios: Sailor 6222 VHF; Sailor 6310 + HF7000 MF/HF; Motorola P6600I UHF
Autopilot: Simrad AP70 MK2
Compasses: Lilley and Gillie; Simrad P3007 W/HS80A
GMDSS: Area A2
GPS: Simrad P3007
AIS: Simrad V5035
Audio system: Vingtor CIS-3130 PA system; Vingtor VSS sound reception system
Cameras: Lilin NV116 IP CCTV
Other electronics: JMC NT-1800 navtex; RM Young anenometer; Simrad SAL R1A speed log; Mcmurdo E8 EPIRB; Mcmurdo S5A SART; Simrad MK15 ECDIS
Crane: Palfinger Marine
Other equipment installed: Humphree passive interceptor system
Safety equipment: Immersion suits; lifebuoys; lifejackets; line-throwing apparatus
Liferafts: 2
Fuel capacity: 35.5 cubic metres
Freshwater capacity: 3.5 cubic metres
Blackwater capacity: 2.5 cubic metres
Accommodation: Wet room; 5 x crew cabins; crew mess; refreshment area; toilets
Crew: 5
Passengers: 24
Operational area: Taiwan

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