VESSEL REVIEW | HST Ella – New 26m hybrid windfarm crewboat for Welsh operator

Photo: Diverse Marine

Welsh crewboat operator HST Marine (formerly High Speed Transfers) has taken delivery of a new all-aluminium catamaran vessel from Isle of Wight shipbuilder Diverse Marine.

HST Ella was built to a design developed by UK naval architects Chartwell Marine in compliance to Bureau Veritas class requirements and UK MCA Workboat rules. The vessel will provide dedicated crew transfer support for the UK offshore wind sector, and its initial deployment will be at the East Anglia One wind farm jointly operated by ScottishPower Renewables and Vattenfall in the UK North Sea some 48 kilometres off the coast of East Anglia.

Photo: Diverse Marine

The 26- by 8.9-metre vessel is crewed by four personnel and is capable of transporting 24 industrial personnel in addition to a payload totalling 15 tonnes, ensuring maximum versatility when supporting offshore wind operations. A maximum draught of 1.39 metres guarantees compatibility even with ports that have shallow depths and are lacking in infrastructure while fendering provides added safety when operating alongside wind turbines.

The catamaran is fitted with a unique hybrid propulsion system that incorporates two Danfoss Editron 200kW permanent magnet electric motors and two Caterpillar C32 1,081kW diesel engines. The propulsion units are Servogear arrangements, each one consisting of a 1,200-millimetre controllable-pitch propeller and an HD295PTIR gearbox.

Photo: Diverse Marine

At low speeds, the vessel is capable of silent, low-emission operation, enabling it to comply with port air quality requirements. At higher transit speeds of around 10 knots, it can sail smoothly thanks to an advanced hull form. A maximum speed of 30 knots can be achieved on diesel-only mode, though the craft is also capable of running on hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) as a sustainable alternative to diesel.

The electric propulsion also includes a Corvus Dolphin Power battery with an energy storage capacity of 188 kWh. The energy management system was provided by Triton, which also manufactured the vessel’s steering gear and associated joystick system. These components were supplied and installed by Brunvoll.

Photo: Diverse Marine

The electrical systems also include a navigation and communications package from Furuno, and all these draw power from a Cummins Onan generator set with a rated output of 27 kW.

The crewboat also has an enlarged foredeck and a wheelhouse offering improved visibility. Its versatility is enhanced with the installation of various equipment including a deck crane, two fire pumps, and handheld extinguishers.

Accommodation spaces consist of a crew cabin with four bunks and an en suite toilet, a crew mess with galley, and a main passenger cabin with HSC 2000-compliant business class seats. All interior spaces are air-conditioned.

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HST Ella
Type of vessel:Crewboat
Classification:Bureau Veritas 1+ Hull . Mach Wind Farm Service Ship–S1 Sea Area 3; MCA Workboat HS-OSC
Owner:HST Marine, UK
Designer:Chartwell Marine, UK
Builder:Diverse Marine, UK
Hull construction material:Aluminium
Superstructure construction material:Aluminium
Deck construction material:Aluminium
Length overall:26 metres
Beam:8.9 metres
Draught:1.39 metres
Capacity:15 tonnes
Main engines:2 x Caterpillar C32 ACERT, each 1,081 kW
Gearboxes:2 x Servogear HD295PTIR
Propulsion:2 x Servogear controllable-pitch propellers
Auxiliary engines:2 x Danfoss Editron, each 200 kW
Generator:Cummins Onan, 27 kW
Maximum speed:30 knots
Cruising speed:10 knots
Bollard pull:19.6 tonnes
Battery:Corvus Dolphin Power, 188 kWh
Electronics supplied by:Brunvoll
Radars:Furuno FAR2218BB; Furuno FAR1518BB
Depth sounder:Furuno FE-800
Radios:Sailor RT6310 MF/HF; 2 x Sailor RT6222 VHF; Phontech 3101
Weatherfax:Airmar 220WX
Autopilot:Navitron NT888G
GPS:Furuno GP170
AIS:Furuno FA170
Other electronics:Furuno FMD3200 ECDIS; Furuno FMD3100 ECDIS; Walker 7070 speed log
Crane:TMP Hydraulik
Fendering:RG Seasight; Manuplas
Seating:Modell Mobler
Searchlight:Colorlight SL2
Firefighting equipment:2 x DESMI pumps; handheld extinguishers
Types of fuel:Diesel; hydrotreated vegetable oil
Fuel capacity:16,000 litres
Freshwater capacity:1,500 litres
Sewage/blackwater capacity:500 litres
Accommodation:Crew cabin; toilet; crew mess; galley; main passenger cabin

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