VESSEL REVIEW | MHO ASGARD – DANISH-OWNED FAST CREWBOAT PAIR TO SERVE HORNSEA TWO WIND FARM
Danish shipping company MHO-Co has taken delivery of two new catamaran crewboats in a series from AFAI Southern Shipyard in Guangzhou, China.
Sister vessels MHO Asgard and MHO Apollo were designed by MHO-Co CEO Mik Henriksen to each be capable of transporting 24 windfarm technicians as well as mixed payloads totalling 57 tonnes on 110-square-metre and 15-square-metre fore and aft cargo decks. The accommodation areas on each vessel include eight single cabins, a large lounge with suspension seats for the passengers, two toilets, a wet room with shower, and a pantry complete with a stove, a microwave, three refrigerators, and three freezers.
Each crewboat has an LOA of 35 metres, a beam of 11 metres, a maximum draught of 1.59 metres, and a gross tonnage of 412. The vessels are each powered by hybrid electric systems that are also capable of operating on fully electric mode for significantly reduced emissions.
The hybrid system on each vessel consists of two Volvo Penta D13 515kW diesel engines, a Corvus Dolphin Energy energy storage system made up of five 78kWh batteries, and two Danfoss Editron 550kW permanent magnet propulsion motors. MHO-Co said the hybrid electric arrangement will enable each crewboat to achieve CO2 emissions reductions of as much as 475 tonnes compared to traditional diesel-driven vessels.
The crewboats can sail at speeds of up to 23 knots and a cruise economically at 15 knots. High-speed sailings are made smoother thanks to the installation of active ride control from Humphree. A Volvo D5 auxiliary engine is also fitted on each vessel.
The hybrid propulsion systems on each crewboat are designed to be reconfigured at a later stage for operation on more environment-friendly propulsion options such as hydrogen fuel cells.