Chartwell designs hybrid catamaran for US

Catamaran tank testing at Chartwell Marine Photo: Chartwell Marine Catamaran tank testing at Chartwell Marine Photo: Chartwell Marine

Chartwell Marine has been selected to design and specify the build for a 65ft US hybrid catamaran, designed to meet EPA Tier 4 emissions standards.

The Hampshire-based company was selected owing to its track record in developing high-performance catamarans and hull forms for the offshore wind sector and for its low emission, hybrid architecture.

Computer modelling

Chartwell Marine has developed a new catamaran hull form which has been optimised via computational flow dynamics (CFD) modelling, enabling maximum manoeuvrability and stability. “To be effective in next generation vessel design, Chartwell Marine has invested in the latest state of the art techniques in tank testing and computational fluid dynamics modelling," explained Andy Page, naval architect and managing director at Chartwell Marine.

“The future of vessel procurement will look quite different to its current forms today, as operators worldwide begin to respond to increasingly stringent requirements for low emission craft.

“With emerging industries such as offshore wind changing the landscape of maritime activity off the East Coast, the USA in particular will be a major growth market for innovative new vessels,” he added.

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