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15 October 2013

Hat-trick for CTruk with first BV classed Wind Farms Service Ship

CTruk scored a hat-trick with the delivery of its 12th 20T multi- purpose catamaran, CWind Challenger.

As well as being the first of these popular offshore wind support vessels to be designed, built and classed to Bureau Veritas (BV) rules, the 18.5m multi-role workboat is also the first Category 1 vessel built by the company under the MCA MGN 280(M) rules. To top off the CTruk team’s achievements, CWind Challenger is the first craft to be classed by Bureau Veritas under their Wind Farms Service Ship class notation.

CWind Challenger is part-owned by Scott Wharton of North Devon-based S&P Fish. Scott signed up to offshore wind industry service provider CWind’s boat share scheme earlier this year and the composite workboat has since joined the company’s growing charter fleet.

Scott has owned numerous fishing vessels over his 29 year career fishing the Bristol Channel and currently operates a fleet of six.

Commenting on the features that drew him to CTruk’s twin-hull design Scott said,

"These boats are durable and strong with great manoeuvrability and the fact that their lighter weight saves on fuel is a huge plus. In commercial fishing one of the biggest problems we face is the rising cost of fuel, which has a huge impact on profitability. Costs are also a major consideration for the offshore wind industry, so that was a big tick in the box for me."

CWind Challenger

For CTruk, delivery of the first offshore wind support vessel to meet internationally recognised classification standards is a key milestone in the company’s three year history. Designed and built to Bureau Veritas (BV) | X HULL • MACH Wind Farms Service Ship –S1 classification rules, CWind Challenger also meets UK flag (MCA) MGN280 requirements for Category 1.

As well as building vessels to full BV class, CTruk continues to offer standard craft built to DNV or BV letters of compliance.


Established in 2010, CTruk prides itself on building safer, faster, better and more cost-effective composite marine craft with applications in the commercial and military and security sectors. The company takes an innovative approach to design and build and has applied for a patent for its moveable wheelhouse and flexible deck pod system, which enables these robust workboats to quickly reconfigure to fulfil multiple roles. CTruk uses a cutting-edge vacuum infusion technique at its Brightlingsea shipyard to build composite boats to the highest standards, saving up to 40% on weight, and has also developed a modular manufacturing process which greatly increases production efficiency. The company has now built 14 vessels for the offshore wind support sector as well as a proof-of-concept military vessel, THOR (Twin Hulled Offshore Raider). The team is locally based with a long collective history of working and sailing on the UK’s east coast. w:


Amanda Çetin - Marketing Manager 
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