From the six pre-qualified European companies invited to bid for the contracts by Siemens, CWind was the only British company to be awarded a contract, the two further work vessels are expected to launch in early 2012.
Part of CWind’s boat share scheme, CWind Alliance is a joint venture between local skipper Andy Harman, who will organise the crew, and CWind, which is responsible for the management of the boat, including; QHSE certification, insurance, maintenance and contracts.
Peter Jorgenson, Managing Director of CWind explains, “We’re very proud to be the only UK business to win one of these contracts with Siemens out of a European shortlist and delighted to see CWind Alliance launched and off to work. Our boat share scheme enables local owner operators to participate in the wind farm industry. The investment of the skipper means our clients get a can-do attitude combined with the experienced management and QHSE procedures of CWind”.
Chris Randle, Project Manager for London Array at Siemens noted, “We are delighted to be working with a local supplier. We first worked with CWind on Gunfleet Sands and were impressed with their approach offshore and their plans for the business. It’s important for us to have total confidence in the skippers, their crew and the quality of the vessels.
With CWind we feel confident that our needs and requirements will be taken care of and that the team will go the extra mile offshore to make sure the job is completed safely, in accordance with Siemens' Zero Harm policies and to everyone’s satisfaction.”
Built by CTruk Boats in Brightlingsea, CWind Alliance is 18.5m LOA, which should give her better sea-keeping qualities. Given her location working on the London Array, she also includes an amphibious rescue pod, which can be launched from the vessel and carry out rescues on dried-out sands.
Established in 2009 and based in the UK, CWind helps construct and maintain offshore wind farms, provide highly skilled personnel and innovative vessels to solve the problems of operators and major contractors who are engaged in the construction of offshore wind farms.
The CWind team of 40+ technicians has a wide range of skills which enables the company to be adaptable and responsive to any wind farm problems. CWind holds a full range of accreditations including Quality, Environmental and Health & Safety.
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About CTruk Boats
Established in 2009, the CTruk team is all locally-based with long histories of working and sailing on the east coast. The team prides itself on building better, safer, faster and more cost-effective vessels to service the wind farm industry. With direct experience of these boats through sailing off Brightlingsea, the founding team (Ben Simpson and Andy White) wanted to build a better vessel, which led to the CTruk multi-purpose catamarans, featuring the company’s bespoke, flexible pod system.
CTruk Boats use vacuum infusion to build composite boats to the highest standards (surveyed to DNV) saving up to 40% on weight. They have also developed a manufacturing process that enables modular construction increasing production efficiency.
There is a long history of boat building in CTruk’s home town of Brightlingsea in Essex and many vessels have been built on the site of CTruk Boats’ production facility.