VESSEL REVIEW | MHO Asgard – Danish-owned fast crewboat pair to serve Hornsea Two wind farm

MHO Asgard (Photo: Danfoss Editron)

Danish shipping company MHO-Co has taken delivery of two new catamaran crewboats in a series from AFAI Southern Shipyard in Guangzhou, China.

Sister vessels MHO Asgard and MHO Apollo were designed by MHO-Co CEO Mik Henriksen to each be capable of transporting 24 windfarm technicians as well as mixed payloads totalling 57 tonnes on 110-square-metre and 15-square-metre fore and aft cargo decks. The accommodation areas on each vessel include eight single cabins, a large lounge with suspension seats for the passengers, two toilets, a wet room with shower, and a pantry complete with a stove, a microwave, three refrigerators, and three freezers.

Each crewboat has an LOA of 35 metres, a beam of 11 metres, a maximum draught of 1.59 metres, and a gross tonnage of 412. The vessels are each powered by hybrid electric systems that are also capable of operating on fully electric mode for significantly reduced emissions.

The hybrid system on each vessel consists of two Volvo Penta D13 515kW diesel engines, a Corvus Dolphin Energy energy storage system made up of five 78kWh batteries, and two Danfoss Editron 550kW permanent magnet propulsion motors. MHO-Co said the hybrid electric arrangement will enable each crewboat to achieve CO2 emissions reductions of as much as 475 tonnes compared to traditional diesel-driven vessels.

MHO Asgard (Photo: MHO-Co)

The crewboats can sail at speeds of up to 23 knots and a cruise economically at 15 knots. High-speed sailings are made smoother thanks to the installation of active ride control from Humphree. A Volvo D5 auxiliary engine is also fitted on each vessel.

The hybrid propulsion systems on each crewboat are designed to be reconfigured at a later stage for operation on more environment-friendly propulsion options such as hydrogen fuel cells.

The crewboats feature electronics from Furuno, Motorola, McMurdo, and Navitron while an array of 24 CCTV cameras provides improved views of the areas in and around each vessel. Power for all these systems is supplied by five Volvo D8 generators in a modular arrangement.

In addition to the main helm control, there are joystick-equipped wing stations on either side of the bridge so that the crew are provided with unobstructed views to more easily manoeuvre alongside wind turbines for loading or unloading personnel and cargo. The bridge also has crew amenities including a sofa with table, a workstation, and space for a refrigerator, a kettle, and a coffeemaker.

Shortly after their arrival in Europe, MHO Asgard and MHO Apollo began operating under contract with Ørsted at the Hornsea Two offshore wind farm in the North Sea off the UK coast.

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MHO Asgard & MHO Apollo
Type of vessel:Crewboats
Owner:MHO-Co, Denmark
Designer:MHO-Co, Denmark
Builder:AFAI Southern Shipyard, China
Length overall:35 metres
Beam:11 metres
Draught:1.59 metres
Gross tonnage:412
Capacity:57 tonnes
Main engines:2 x Volvo Penta D13, each 515 kW
Propulsion:2 x Danfoss Editron, each 550 kW
Auxiliary engine:Volvo Penta D5
Generators:5 x Volvo Penta D8
Steering system:Volvo Penta IPS
Maximum speed:23 knots
Cruising speed:15 knots
Batteries:5 x Corvus Dolphin Energy, each 78 kWh
Radars:Furuno FAR1518BB; Furuno DRS-4D-NXT
Depth sounder:Furuno FCV-588
Radios:2 x Furuno FM-8900S VHF; Furuno FS-1575 MF/HF; Motorola DM-4400E VHF
Autopilot:Navitron NT-888G
Compass:Furuno SC-70
GPS:Furuno GP-170
Cameras/night vision:24 x CCTV cameras
Other electronics:2 x Furuno FMD-3100 ECDIS; Furuno NX-700 Navtex; Furuno GS-100 speed log
Other equipment installed:Humphree active ride control
External lighting:Lupolight LED
Type of fuel:Diesel
Accommodation:8 x single cabins; passenger lounge; 2 x toilets; wet room with shower; pantry

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