The growing number of offshore wind farms in Europe is generating a number of new designs for service operation vessels (SOVs). One of the latest is a 1,350dwt SOV of 72.2m in length put forward by the UK division of Holland’s Offshore Ship Designers.

The IMT972 design is capable of being powered by two Steerprop SP25 or equal 1900 kWe fixed-pitch azimuth propulsion units or two 2.5 MW Voith Turbo main thrusters. For station-keeping and high-dynamic performance under manoeuvring or DP conditions, electric motor-driven CPP thruster units are fitted forward. JS

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