X-Bow and X-Stern, Looks Like a Buoy Tender to me

Take a look at this new vessel intended to support the offshore wind energy industry. For some reason this X-Bow/X-Stern configuration says “Buoytender” to me. I know the 225 WLB replacements are still a long way off, but it might be worth considering when the time comes. Like buoy tenders this type of vessel must hold position precisely and minimum pitching and vertical movement is desirable

More information on the specific ship from the Ulstein website.


Length: 88 m (289 ft)
Beam: 18 m (59 ft)
Dead weight: 3490 tonnes
Draught (max): 6.4 m (21 ft)
Speed (max): 13.9 kn
Accommodation: 60 POB
Deck area: 380 sqm (4090 sq ft)


Buoy Tender with a very Different Look

UT755S Buoy tenderThe Marine Log is reporting India has contracted for a new large buoy tender, and the resulting ship looks very different from what we are accustom to.

“The 71.2 m x 16.0 m vessel will be equipped with a 35 t crane and will have a 16 m diameter helicopter deck. It will be powered by two 2,000 kW diesels driving two C.P. propellers and will have two bow thrusters and one stern thruster, each rated at 590 kW.”


(Thanks to Lee for the lead)