Chartwell Marine wins design contract for hybrid catamaran


Chartwell Marine, a pioneer in next-generation vessel design, has been selected to design and specify build for a U.S. hybrid vessel. The 65-foot catamaran has been designed to meet EPA Tier 4 emission standards and will set a benchmark for vessel operators and boat builders in the U.S. and further afield.

Chartwell Marine will design a 65-foot catamaran that meets EPA Tier 4 emission standards. (Courtesy: Chartwell Marine)

Driven by the emergence of new industries such as offshore wind, the diversity and scope of workboat operations off the U.S. East Coast is increasing rapidly. Simultaneously, offshore wind vessel operators, public institutions, and port authorities must begin to adapt to increasingly stringent emissions regulations. As these stakeholders in the U.S. maritime market look to reduce their carbon footprints, vessel design and hybridization is becoming an increasing area of focus.

In order to provide operators with these next generation hybrid craft, however, there are a number of design challenges to overcome, requiring specialist naval architecture and design expertise.

Chartwell Marine and its partners won this design project following a competitive tender launched by a leading New England institution. The firm was selected on the basis of its industry-leading track record in developing high-performance catamarans and hull forms for the offshore wind sector, and low emission, hybrid architecture.

These design considerations will be made possible by an advanced new catamaran hull form that has been optimized via Computational Flow Dynamics (CFD) modeling, enabling maximum maneuverability and stability resulting in a smoother and safer ride.