Wind Energy – CTV
Yesterday St. Johns Ship Building hosted a keel laying ceremony for the first Incat Crowther 30 Crew Transport Vessel (CTV) built in compliance with Jones Act regulations in the United States.
Representatives from the customer team at Windea, a partnership of Hornblower Wind and MidOcean Wind, participated in the important milestone, and the event marks the first in a series of vessels under construction at St. Johns for Windea that will go into service at the Vineyard Wind I construction project near Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
“This ceremony is a very proud moment for Americraft Marine, as it represents the first keel laying ceremony at St. Johns Ship Building under our ownership and is the culmination of a lot of hard work from the outstanding team at St. Johns,” said Ed Sheets, executive vice president and director of business strategy for Americraft Marine Group.
The construction of this series of Incat-designed vessels also signals the official launch of St. Johns Ship Building’s new focus on dedicated high-speed aluminum vessel production. The Incat 30 is a 30-meter crew transport vehicle with a max speed of 29 knots and made of marine-grade aluminum.
The groundwork for this focus on supporting the construction of Jones Act-compliant CTVs was laid more than two years ago through multiple facility modifications and the acquisition of new production equipment such as the installation of a computer numerical control (CNC) router for processing of non-ferrous metals and composite materials.