Chartwell Marine wins design contract for hybrid catamaran

Chartwell Marine wins design contract for hybrid catamaran
Catamaran tank testing. Image courtesy of Chartwell Marine

Vessel designer Chartwell Marine has been selected to design and specify build for a US hybrid vessel that will meet EPA Tier 4 emission standards, with the aim to benchmark vessel operators and boat builders in the US and further afield.

Pressure to adapt to international regulations on emissions and the availability of new technologies to improve shipping efficiency has driven demands for energy efficient vessels. The design of the 65ft catamaran was won by Chartwell Marine and its partners following a competitive tender launched by a New England institution. The firm was selected on the basis of its track record in developing high-performance catamarans and hull forms for the offshore wind sector, and low emission, hybrid architecture.

There are a number of design challenges related to the build of a hybrid craft. These design considerations will be made possible by an advanced new catamaran hull form that has been optimised via Computational Flow Dynamics (CFD) modelling, enabling maximum manoeuvrability and stability resulting in a smoother and safer ride.

“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. This is enabling us to create signature designs that will keep existing and future operators ahead of the curve when it comes to regulatory compliance and meeting evolving operational requirements.” said Andy Page, naval architect and managing director, 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,” continued Mr Page.