VESSEL REVIEW | Njord Zenith – BMT’s new crewboat for Njord Offshore

BMT’s latest 27-metre crew transfer vessel (CTV), designed for Njord Offshore, has successfully completed sea trials, reaching a top speed of 27 knots. Njord Zenith is the first of two sisters built to a BMT design in China.

For the owner, this meant increased cargo capacity, bunker capacity, foredeck size and window size compared with its previous newbuilds.

This vessel is the first CTV designed by BMT that utilises a highly efficient Z-bow hull form. This hull form gives added waterline length resulting in improved high-speed performance during transit, yet optimised zero-speed seakeeping performance, minimising the unwanted vertical buoyancy forces that may otherwise be experienced during push-up operations in head seas.

To ensure the best performance can be achieved during these transfer operations, the vessel utilises BMT’s “active fender system” and is propelled by quad Volvo IPS 900s, to ensure speed performance, high bollard pull and manoeuvrability.

With a maximum fuel bunkering capacity of 52,000 litres or a combined cargo/fuel capacity deadweight of up to 50 tonnes, the vessel has the capacity to transport up to 24 offshore personnel and includes an innovative bridge design with full height front window for improved fore deck visibility, as well as docking whilst transporting containers.

Crew comfort is assured with deep-reclining luxury passenger seating with shock mitigation, additional sofa-style seating and communal table area, and three LCD TVs with DVD for entertainment. Bunks are provided for 10 crew, with changing area and drying storage area, two WCs and two showers, plus a full galley.

Njord Zenith
Type of vessel:OSV – crewboat
Classification:LR + 100A1, SSC, Catamaran, HSC, Workboat, G2, MCH
Port of registry:Jersey
Operator:Njord Offshore, Norway
Designer:BMT Nigel Gee, UK
Construction material:Aluminium
Plate cutting:CNC
Length overall:26.90 metres
Length waterline:23.94 metres
Beam:9.00 metres
Draught:1.61 metres
Depth:3.95 metres
Deadweight:50 tonnes
Main engines:4 x Volvo D13-700 IPS900, each 515kW @ 2 250rpm
Generators:2 x Onan 27MDKDU, each 27ekW 50Hz
Steering system:Volvo IPS
Maximum speed:27 knots
Cruising speed:25 knots
Hydraulic equipment:Hercules Hydraulics
Electronics supplied by:Simrad/JRC/Furuno
Radars:Simrad; Argus
Depth sounder:JMC F-1000
Radios:Furuno FS-2575 SSB; 2 x Sailor 6222 DSC VHF
Weatherfax:Furuno NX700B
Autopilot:Simrad NP 80
Compass:Furuno SC-50
GMDSS:McMurdo R2
GPS:Furuno GP-170
Plotter:Furuno NavNet 3D
AIS:FM-Trak A100
Deck equipment:Palfinger PK23500MA
Alarm system:Marinetec
Paints/coatings:International Paint
Type of fuel:Diesel
Fuel capacity:52,000 litres
Freshwater capacity:2,000 litres

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