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New hybrid ships commissioned by the Portland company

ByLinda W. Smith

Jun 28, 2022

A PORTLAND-based renewable energy company has ordered two new hybrid vessels to join its offshore support fleet.

Temporary energy, engineering and vessel business, Manor Renewable Energy (MRE), has announced an order for two new additions to the company’s offshore support fleet.

MRE has commissioned the construction of two 24-passenger hybrid crew transfer vessels, which will be designed by sustainable naval architect Chartwell Marine and manufactured by Manor Marine in Portland.

Both vessels will be 25.2 meter aluminum catamarans featuring hybrid propulsion systems, twin marine diesel engines, electric motors, batteries and fixed pitch propellers. The central deckhouse will have a seating capacity of 24, a lounge and refreshment area, and seating for 3 or 4 crew members in the gangway located above the main deck superstructure.

Both ships will also accommodate four people in two two-berth cabins in the hull.

Leif Cooper, Managing Director of Manor Marine, said: “It is extremely exciting to be able to support the continued growth of Manor Renewable Energy by building the next generation of vessels for its fleet. These builds signify the first hybrid vessels built by Manor Marine with local labor and the inclusion of local suppliers in the Portland area; we have worked closely with MRE and Chartwell Marine to ensure the vessels are specified to the highest standards while incorporating the latest technology to improve performance and reliability.

Andy Page, Managing Director of Chartwell Marine, said: “We are very pleased to be working with local, reliable, best-in-class shipbuilders at Manor Marine to supply the Chartwell Ambitious class hybrid, part of our design range of offshore support vessels. Manor has helped us to forge a strong chain of collaboration between designer, shipbuilder and end customer in the renewable energy sector. »

Billy Hamilton, Managing Director of MRE, added: “As we see increased demand for our services, we are implementing a strong growth strategy. Working with Manor Marine to complement our existing fleet with two new Chartwell Ambitious hybrid vessels is the first step. We have been discussing the possibility of MRE and MM working with Chartwell for several months and I look forward to the collaboration producing two top quality assets.

The order for these two vessels is the first since Manor Marine signed a memorandum of understanding with Chartwell Marine.

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