UK naval architecture outfit Chartwell Marine has announced investments into three key areas to support its growing vessel design and consultancy contracts.
The first is in personnel, with two new permanent staff joining the seven-strong specialist design team, and the appointment of reputed naval architect, Professor Bob Cripps, as non-executive director. The second is in a new Southampton HQ at Deacons Boat Yard, Bursledon, which Chartwell’s expanding team will use as a hub for serving clients across Europe, the USA and Asia. The third is a significant investment in software and training for all members of the team.
Chartwell reports that its commercial activity over the past 12 months has been driven by growth markets as such offshore wind and vessel hybridisation, alongside a clear need for the ‘next generation’ of specialist workboats that respond effectively to new operational requirements and demands.
The emergence of offshore wind across these regions has been a key driver of innovation in vessel design, with vessel operators in established markets seeking new crew transfer vessels (CTVs) that capitalise on lessons learnt to date – while new offshore wind markets such as the USA and Taiwan look to refine this proven formula for application in new operating environments.
Simultaneously, increasingly stringent emissions regulations worldwide are leading maritime businesses, including offshore wind vessel operators and port authorities, to carefully consider their carbon footprints, making the design of effective hybrids increasingly important.
Chartwell Marine is swiftly establishing a strong track record in the area of hybrid propulsion, having led on a number of pioneering projects over the past 12 months. In conjunction with UK boat builder Wight Shipyard Co., the company unveiled the first Chasewell 9-metre hybrid patrol boat in June 2019 – a vessel design which will set new standards for clean, low-cost port operations.
In addition, Chartwell Marine was selected by a leading US institution to design and specify build for a unique US hybrid vessel. The 65ft high-performance catamaran has been designed to meet EPA Tier 4 emissions standards, setting a benchmark for vessel operators and boat builders in the US and further afield.
“Chartwell Marine has seen rapid expansion over the past 18 months, and we feel that this success reflects the strength of the UK maritime supply chain and ability to export designs to a number of international growth markets,” said Andy Page, naval architect and managing director, Chartwell Marine. “It’s fantastic to continue the strong naval architecture tradition in Southampton and to support the development of Chartwell’s staff whilst also responding to local and global design challenges.”