July 5, 2022 16:46

Bureau Veritas gives go-ahead for hybrid-power SES with air cushion

Image: CWind.
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C Wind Pioneer is claimed to be able to carry 24 passengers at speeds of up to 43.5knots in wave heights up to 1.8 metres.

Bureau Veritas has classified the world’s first hybrid-powered surface effect ship (SES) that has an air cushion.

The twin hulled, diesel and electric SES can carry 24 passengers at speeds of up to 43.5 knots and can safely navigate seas of up to 1.8metres at speed.

CWind managing director Nathanael Allison said the CWind Pioneer has taken years of research and development.

“As the CWind Pioneer continues to perform well in-field, we will also be able to track a wealth of data to adapt and improve the performance of our hybrid vessels in the future,” he said.

The CWind is built by Wight Shipyard and CWind is a unit of Global Marine Group which was purchased by private equity investor JF Lehman & Co for $250m in early 2020.

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