General – CTVs
The Finnish shipbuilder, Uudenkaupungin Työvene OY (Työvene), has secured an order for three hybrid-ready SWATH crew transfer vessels (CTVs) from the Scottish company Maritime Craft Services (Clyde) (MCS).
A SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull) is a type of twin hull vessel designed for exceptional seaworthiness and minimum motion of the ship. Reducing the ship’s volume near the surface, where waves develop their greatest power, minimizes the vessel’s response to high seas, both at high speeds and when idling.
“The major advantage of the SWATH design and its superior response to high seas is that the vessel can operate up to an extra 100 days a year compared to a conventional catamaran that has to stay in port in rough weather,” says Menno Kuyt, Commercial Director at MCS and operator of already two SWATH units.
Industry wide a SWATH is regarded as the best seakeeping and safest CTV on the market. MCS, established in 1976, is the front runner in having configured to operate a SWATH CTV most economically.
The first of Työvene’s SWATHs will be delivered to Maritime Craft Services in the spring of 2025.